Open source FPGA toolchains!
That's not a great picture, and it should probably be a video to properly appreciate my rotating, blinky light "hello, world", but I'll just go with what I've got. After way too much time, I finally had an opportunity to sit down and try to play with the Lattice Semi IceStick dev board. But instead of using the proprietary tools, I used Project IceStorm tools. It was an amazing feeling to sit down with just open source tools and go from Verilog source to a binary that is sent to the FPGA. This should be as commonplace as using GCC to compile a program for a CPU, but it still isn't. Anyway, it's a start, and I hope it leads to more things.