Randy Pausch dead at 47

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  1. Jux

    Jux Please, call me Steve. Veteran

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    I know a lot of you are probably saying "Who?" but he was a professor at Carnegie Mellon University who did one of those "Last Lecture" lectures that a lot of colleges do. Pausch, however, had terminal cancer and it was, in a sense, his last lecture. At the time of his lecture in September 2007, he was expected to live only another 3 to 6 months.

    Back in March I saw the video of the lecture, and I found it to be an amazing presentation. When I read the news that he passed this morning, I couldn't help but feel a little sad. If you haven't seen the video, I included a link below. It's long, but it's definitely worth it.

    CNN.com Link

    Full Lecture via Google Video (104 mins)
     
  2. Vector Sigma

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    I'll check it out later definetly, but whats a 'Last Lecture'? I've never come across that phrase before?...
     
  3. Jux

    Jux Please, call me Steve. Veteran

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    A popular program among US colleges and universities (my alma mater included) is to have a series where some of the more popular professors on campus prepare and deliver a lecture on any topic they choose. The premise is that if they only had one more lecture to deliver in their lives, what would it be about? They'll usually put these on in an auditorium or lecture hall on campus a few times a month for students to attend.

    The catch with Pausch is that he really knew it would be one of his last lectures, so it has a bit more weight to it.
     
  4. Vector Sigma

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    Aha, cheers. That's a really nice idea, I've not heard of it over here, but it may well actually happen. When I've got some time over the weekend to dedicate to it I'll watch it closely. Thanks for posting this!...
     
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    My wife is a big fan of his. :( 
     
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    I remember watching th lecture when this was posted before.

    Such a shame :( 
     
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    :( 

    r.i.p.
     
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    RIP. i have mega respect that that fellow.
     
  9. Jux

    Jux Please, call me Steve. Veteran

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    What I loved is that his lecture wasn't about dying - it was about living. Other than the introduction, he almost never mentions his cancer.
     
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    I read that this morning. Geez, too young to die.
     
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    Oh yes, I heard about this.

    Damn. :( 
     
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    i had never heard of this man before i saw the news tonight, he seemed like a great guy. it hit somewhat close to home, though. one of my closest friend's father was recently diagnosed with a brain tumor and we just got the news that he's not gonna make it, he could have as little as two months. I've been upset for my friend and the unimaginably harsh and numerous realities he now has to face. we're also still young (19), when there's still more we can learn from our fathers. (and his father was also a college professor) when i think about what i would do in his situation were it me and my father and i'm just wrecked for him. It would seem that the most terrible things seem to happen to the best people.
     
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    Not really.
     
  14. Jux

    Jux Please, call me Steve. Veteran

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    Not for you, perhaps.
     
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    A man who helped those who listened to him, by showing that there is still hope, no matter the circumstances. A wonderful message that all of us should take to heart.
     
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    Great post. A++.
    Would read again.
     
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    This is a goddam shame.

    I'm the first to dismiss most "famous" deaths, but dude made some amazing points.

    Honestly, though, I think the loss of an great educator in and of itself is more of a tragedy than the loss of a guy who had a great lecture. But hopefully, that lecture will manage to touch and change people even after his passing.
    'Preciate the valuable contribution.
     
  18. lars573

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    I'm not one for getting upset when people die. He knew he was dying, and he'd made his peace with it. I watched some of that last lecture.
     
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    Wow.

    I had borrowed the book from a friend to read, but I could get through the introduction. Something about a guy, waiting to die, living his life, knowing that he will not see the major events of his kids life made me extremely sad and on the verge of tears.

    The point of the book and the taped lecture were to try and be there for his kids, teaching them what he had to offer after he had passed. I guess this was his way of dealing with it.
     
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    When a man who gave a terrific speech and left behind a lot of educational work and 3 kids all under 10, yeah, it's a shame
     

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