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Friday, October 19, 2007

Randy Pausch

I actually think that I am quite an emotional human being. But usually I try to hide that from people. But somehow I couldnt control emotions after i watched this lecture given by CMU Prof. Randy Pausch. I personally think that this lecture was the best I have ever seen. A brief back ground on the story - Prof. Randy Pausch is one the nation's leading authorities on Virtual World Technology, an expert in HCI and Software Engineering.

He was recently diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer and has about 5-6 months of good health left. I think everyone has a lesson to learn from his talk. He gave a talk in a series which was called - "the Last Lecture" - if you had one last lecture to deliver as a professor, what would that be. But in his case, it was his last lecture in reality. What he said was so relevant and so sweet a story, one couldnt help but feel sad that such a wonderful person is not going to be with us in the near future. He spoke about how once should go about working, so as to be able to achieve their childhood dreams. Actually, there is a hell lot of meaning to what he said which i cannot possible put down in words here, his advise on how to talk to people, on how to respect people, on how to not get bogged down when you hit a brick wall. In fact brick walls are there to keep out people who dont want something, they allow only the people who really want that thing.

He spoke about why parents should let their children color the walls of their room and not worry about the resale value of the house. He was full of wisecracks about his school/college/grad-school life and very humorous in presenting the hard fact that he was not going to live too long.

You should definitely check it out here.


Mayank said...

thanks for the link :) ! was an awesome lecture :) !

Anupama Kondayya said...

This so reminds me of 'Tuesdays With Morrie' - not dying from the scare and misery before one actually breathes one's last and utilizing one's last few weeks/months in the best possible way...nice post. Thanks for the link too!

Nipun said...

Amazing link!