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Stuck coding PHP for Facebook when all you really want in life is to belt out tunes to an adoring crowd? Don't take it out on your users, indentured code monkeys — dream big! That's what geek rocker Jonathan Coulton did. "I actually meant to become a famous musician when I first moved to New York after college, but just sort of forgot about it and got a software job instead," Coulton told interviewer Ben Gold.

But then Coulton quit his job and started the Thing a Week project where he produced a song a week for a whole year. And now he's famous! And doing a show on February 22 in San Francisco.