Developer torture No. 19: Side projects
Every neighbor, relative, high school friend, ex-spouse wants to talk with you about their totally cool idea that will be worth billions. Could you code it up in your spare time? Come on, the kids are young; you can play with them when they're older. Plus, the cash is coming soon, and that 1 percent stake for engineering everything will make it all worth it.
Or you get your own itch and sit down to scratch it one Saturday. Six months later, the sun is a frightening occasional acquaintance, you're barely skating by at work, friends are a distant memory, and version 0.1 is one last big-picture refactor, I swear, away from burning up GitHub.