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I spent a chunk of this morning online watching an amazing talk given in September by Carnegie Mellon professor Randy Pausch. It’s titled “The Last Lecture” for 2 reasons: it’s a tradition for professors to give an important lecture the last time they teach, and he’s dying. He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer a year ago, and has 3-6 months to live. This really was his last lecture.

This has gotten lots of publicity – he’s been on Oprah and was ABC’s Person of the Week and has been written about in lots of newspapers and the clip has been watched by like 1 million people. So it's very possible that everyone on my f-list has seen this already. If you haven't, make the time. Watching it was worth every minute.

It’s very funny, incredibly inspirational, and heart-achingly sad. He’s got three young children, and they probably won’t remember him when they get older. Although they will have this video, and everyone else’s memories

He’s Brown class of 1982. I don’t know him, but I know at least one person who knows him, and probably others since I know CS majors from that year. (Andy van Dam shows up at the end.) For my Star Wars friends -- Star Wars is mentioned several times, although he grew up a Star Trek fan.

I cried for almost the entire speech, even though I was laughing too.

His website is http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~pausch/, where there are links to the video and other stories, and to the blog where he chronicles his treatment. You can find the speech on YouTube, although it's split into 10 parts.

Date: 2007-11-06 03:19 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sylvei.livejournal.com
ah, it was amazing. My father made me watch it when I was at home.

Date: 2007-11-06 03:28 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cyndisuesue.livejournal.com
This speech has been rec'd to me a few times now. Thank you for reminding me to view it next time I have a block of time to do so. I've wanted to hear/see it.

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