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November 01, 2007
A required read/listen for all human beings - Randy Pausch's "Last Lecture"
I've thought much on Randy Pausch's Last Lecture since I first heard his presentation last month. If you haven't run across Dr. Pausch's lecture here is a bit of background. Randy Pausch is a Computer Science professor at Carnegie Mellon...you may not know his name but you know his work...he specializes in Human-Computer Interaction, particularly virtual reality (VR).
In September 2007, Dr. Pausch was told by his doctors that his pancreatic cancer had returned and that he had between three and six months to live. And so armed with that information and in basically good health, he authored a profound piece of instruction for his children, and by extension for all of the rest of us. As an adult child of parents who died when I was very young, I can tell you that this lecture and the other things Dr. Pausch is leaving for them, will be treasured by his children because it makes the missing parent a real person...with wisdom and flaws.
Take the time to read and to listen to this lecture...send it on to your friends and family. It is a rare thing for so much wisdom to be codified in such an accessible way and then to be available to everyone.
My heart goes out to Dr. Pausch, his family, and friends - death is never easy nor is it often welcome to one so young...but the gift of knowledge of ones departure is amazing. I hope his children will remember his love and that we all remember his strength, and his character...I know I will.
The link to Dr. Pausch's website takes you to a list of media coverage (some with feeds), a transcript, and a Google video of the lecture. Gather whatever sources you need for your archive
Posted by prolurkr at November 1, 2007 09:04 AM
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