Back when I was in school for graphic design and I tutored people, a lot of people complained about not being able to afford software (because it is ridic expensive). Autodesk offers free software (with a 36 month license key), to ANY students. Want to learn how to animate? Go grab Maya and learn! Wanna learn how to model characters or just general objects? Go grab 3DS Max! Or maybe sculpting is your thing? Go grab Mudbox and have fun! Or grab Sculptris. There’s a fuckton of programs to mess with and learn things, and no need to go waste time on a torrent.
The only downside to the license is it’s not for commercial use. Technically you don’t have to be a student either and really who’s gonna know but it’s a great way to practice and learn something new! You are still allowed to showoff your stuff and throw it in your portfolio, so maybe one day you can get that animating job and not have to waste 3k on one program.
All those icons in that third photo? Those are all free programs/apps you can get. They’re all full versions, and come with tutorials from basic to advanced stuff. For both Windows and Mac too.
important reminder that autodesk is awesome and wants you to use their awesome programs so you can get good and buy them for realsies later.
Truth. I use student licenses for Maya at home to this day (I still take classes, so I’m kind of a student) and haven’t pirated anything from autodesk in years and years. My company pays for my license at work. They made it easier to do the right thing than to go around the system.
Also, I think these days they do a subscription service, if you need a program for a couple months for professional use and are OK shelling out a few hundred instead of a few thousand ;).
Correcting Internet DisInformation: The American Space Pen / The Russian Pencil
thank you for this.
And then from his initial investment of >$1,000,000, the Fisher Pen Co. was able to make a lot of money and grow the overall size of the U.S. economy and create lots of jobs.
So essentially a story that is supposed to be about government inefficiency turns out to be a story about how the U.S. government worked with a private company to make space travel safer while also stimulating economic growth.
The moral of the story is not that the Soviet Union was more efficient. The moral of the story is that by failing to allow private investment in innovation, the Soviet Union was doomed.
Incidentally, Paul Fisher, who invented the Fisher space pen, was a fascinating guy. He had this plan to eliminate income and property taxes with a progressive asset tax and even ran for President. And the Fisher Space Pen Co. is still a going concern, still employing people, and still generating a return on Fisher’s million-dollar investment.
If we really wanted to talk about NASA inefficiency we’d talk about the Space Shuttle and what a terrible boondoggle it was in order to please NASA, DOD, the Congress, etc. instead of making the most efficient spacecraft.
But would that be NASA inefficiency or the inefficiency of bureaucracy?
Considering they’re repeating the same mistakes with Constellation and SLS while other space programs like ESA, RUSCOSMOS and the CNSA are not…