reply to post by berenike
Plus, you won't always be there to let others steal your ideas or take advantage of your hard work, so eventually they'll be shown up for the
shallow, talentless plagiarists they really are. Or whatever it is they did
Well- I may as well share- one of the things that has gotten my giblets in an uproar:
Someone I know (who I no longer talk to to) Gave me a horrific sob story- his wife had left him, He lost his job, was losing his home, blah blah blah
(you'll see why I am so indifferent here in a sec). He showed me a site where the 3d was... well- Anyone play Myst? About par on the graphics on that
site. Person used latest graphics software and computers, has 15 years experience, and on and on and on. The graphics just plain were awful- AND they
wanted to charge $3500! Well, I was asked by my (former) friend if I could do better- he had no money to give- but he'd buy me pizza and I could have
some older computer parts. I have an older computer I am considering as a server- so I thought "Ok. I can do this with one hand tied behind my
back." And I did. I did this out of the goodness of my heart. Yes, I am a complete dummy.
Skip forward 1 week later. I have got the cathedral I was working on well underway- I am doing some lighting, considering pew design, finding
textures. This yahoo ex friend pops up on IM and tells me about his New. Fast. Laptop he has purchased 'for his ministry'. Yep, kids- He's a
minister. Lutheran... or as I like to call them, Lex Luthorans.
Anyhoo- My face is rubbed in the computer- He has NO money, no job, and can buy
toys he doesn't need, but he cannot pay me. Not even a little. Laptop costs a couple thou.
Then- He's buying a digital video camera. $800. I am still getting pizza and old computer parts. He then informs me the free stuff I use... Blender,
Gimp, et al, is just plain insufficient. He directs me to this Computer arts school. After a lot of arguing, I give him a no holds barred picture
comparison of what came out of the school, using all the high priced crap, and what was done with the free stuff. He also was dangling their $3500
Macbook stuffed with various software in front of me (Quick FYI: I am POOR. On a fixed income, and lemme tell ya- I feel pretty darn fixed!) Tuition?
The last straw was when HE manages 'funding' for the school. What was I still getting? Pizza and old computer parts. Someone else was warning me
about his antics, too- an ex g/f. I at least listened before I got too rooked. I may still have a 4/5 completed cathedral, but HE AINT GETTING IT!
Soooooo... Basically, I worked hard, got zip, and someone skates on by, only this one time, they didn't get goodies.
Edited because I switched #s in the tuition, and I saw the Blackadder Christmas Special on Netflix a couple weeks ago. I rarely say this, but I felt
VERY much like Rowan Atkinson's character. People take every advantage they can and use me like a doormat. Guess what is gonna happen....
[edit on 24-5-2010 by wylekat]