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Randy Pausch's Farewell Lecture

  1. Sep 21, 2007 #1

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    Some universities present a Last Lecture Series in which top professors are invited to speak as if it is the last lecture they will ever give, imparting words of advice and discussing what has mattered most deeply in their lives. Yesterday, at Carnegie Mellon, the last lecture was far more than hypothetical.

    There's a video of some of the lecture highlights here:



    I heard part of his speech on the radio this morning and very touched by his bravery and inspired by his words of wisdom. One of the things that really struck me was when he talked about setbacks, about the "brick walls" that we hit in life. He said that the brick walls are a chance to prove how badly we want something. They only keep out the people who don't want it badly enough. Considering how many of his goals he achieved, I can't help but take that advice to heart.

    He spoke of his childhood dreams and how he had accomplished almost all of them: from winning giant stuffed animals to becoming an Imagineer to floating in zero gravity. It was a great presentation, very uplifting, although I did get a bit sad in parts thinking about his family that will be left behind.

    The entire lecture is up on youtube.com
     
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  3. Sep 21, 2007 #2

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    Thanks for posting this, MIH.
     
  4. Sep 22, 2007 #3

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    Thanks MIH, that's great!

    Pausch has a great sense of humor and offers excellent advice.

    What an inspiration he is.

    My condolensces to his family, colleagues and students.
     
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    I just watched the full lecture. It was pretty good -- I even got a bit teary towards the end! Very inspiring man. I would say a life well-lived.

    Condolences to his family and friends.
     
  7. Jun 21, 2008 #6

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    He just delivered a spectacular commencement speech at CMU:

     
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  8. Jul 25, 2008 #7

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    Randy Pausch died this morning. Farewell, Randy!

    http://www.cnn.com/2008/SHOWBIZ/books/07/25/obit.pausch.ap/index.html

    And to correct the sloppy slander by the Associated Press, Pausch's Last Lecture was not about facing terminal cancer.
     
  9. Jul 25, 2008 #8

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    :frown:

    Sorry to see him go.
     
  10. Jul 25, 2008 #9
    He died today? Wow. It's been a long time since I watched his last lecture, but if I remember correctly he was a pretty funny guy with a lot of interesting stories.

    R.I.P
     
  11. Jul 25, 2008 #10
    Farewell Randy, you changed my life.
     
  12. Jul 25, 2008 #11

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    Farewell, Dr. Pausch. Gone too soon. RIP.

    I wish his wife and children well. My thoughts are with them and his students, colleagues and friends.
     
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