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Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Worth watching.

Randy Pausch is dying. Pancreatic cancer, and he was told, about 6 months ago, that he had 6 months to live.

A professor with Carnegie Mellon University, Dr. Pausch became a hotshot at making computers more fun than they ever had been before. He's one of those young professors whose classes people fight to get into.

In September of 2007, he gave a lecture in a series called The Last Lecture.

The title of his lecture is: "Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams."

This thing is fun. They guy is pretty tickled to be where he is, and delighted to have done what he set out to do as a kid. Keep in mind, this man has a personal expiration date that implies that if he signs up for "Fruit Of The Month" club, he's probably not going to get to find out what comes after "Bartlett Pear."

Why's he cheerful?

Because he actually has achieved his dreams. Is, even now, still living them.

And he gives advice, in a very interesting, quick, funny way, on how to achieve one's dreams.

Well, a guy who can laugh at the face of his own death has a pretty damned good place to stand while giving such advice.

So here's the lecture. It takes a little while, and you may want to just let it run in the background (though he does use lots of visual aids) while you surf other stuff. If your attention span is shorter, you can watch the much shorter Oprah version of the lecture. (Okay, that right there should tell you something about the quality of what he says-- I actually linked Oprah.)

Look: It's not sad. It's not boring. You can always close it halfway through.

Not smarmy. Not "spiritual." Interesting.

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8 Comments:

At Wednesday, February 27, 2008 11:35:00 AM, Blogger The Lily said...

I saw this a couple weeks ago. It puts a human and realistic spin on death and life. It was very uplifting.

 
At Wednesday, February 27, 2008 7:56:00 PM, Anonymous Kilgor said...

Thank you. I watched the entire 76 minutes.

 
At Wednesday, February 27, 2008 7:59:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for finding / posting that. Seems the best and most creative often have the shortest time to pass their message to us.

 
At Wednesday, February 27, 2008 8:19:00 PM, Blogger Schatzie said...

I watched the Oprah mini to see if I would like it. I'm about to get cozy for the longer version. Very inspiring. Thank you for leading me to this.

 
At Wednesday, February 27, 2008 9:07:00 PM, Anonymous Kilgor said...

Here's a lecture on "time management" that he gave two months after the lecture you linked to. It may be of some interest to your readers.

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-5784740380335567758

 
At Friday, February 29, 2008 2:34:00 PM, Blogger jck said...

That was awesome. And so much to take in, with such a gift for delivery. Thanks for highlighting this.

 
At Friday, February 29, 2008 7:50:00 PM, Blogger Assrot said...

Yep. I watched the whole thing last night. Thanks for pointing us to some of the good in humanity. There is so litle of it left.

I enjoyed every second. It was very spiritually uplifting for me. I wish I were half the man Randy Pausch is.

Joe

 
At Saturday, March 01, 2008 1:49:00 PM, Anonymous AlisonH said...

I was watching the whole thing last night, and my husband came home from work, looked over my shoulder, sat down, looked at the sidebar, and went, "I KNOW this guy!" He used to do collaborative work at CMU's computer science department. There were tears shed on his part--and he would never have known if I hadn't stumbled across your blog for the first time yesterday. Thank you for this.

 

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