I recommend all to read it even if you have watched the video. There is something about how one can soak in a book carried with you for a period of time no matter where you are! The author never-the-less does an amazing job expressing himself about Living while he is Dying of pancreatic cancer, whether in written or video format. As you get to know Randy by reading his words or listening to him, you cannot help but feel his great Optimism in Life, declaring that he is no way living in Denial.
He pointed out that he used a couple of head-fakes in his LAST LECTURE. Head fake is a popular technique employed in football whereby the Quarter back points the head in one direction but throws the ball in a different direction. He started off his talk as if it was about achieving childhood dreams but he revealed at the end it was more about how to lead your life in the right way so that the dreams eventually come to you. He then asked the audience, "Have you figured out the second head fake?" Then, he told them, "The talk wasn't just for those in the room. It was for my kids."
Carnegie Mellon Professor Randy Pausch,born in 1960, gave his LAST LECTURE at the university on Sept. 18, 2007. He lost his battle with pancreatic cancer on July 25th, 2008, leaving behind his wife Jai with 3 children, Dylan (5), Logan (3) and Chloe (1+). Over 6 million downloads of his video lecture has since been made.
POST READING EVENTS RELATED TO RANDY PAUSCH :
Passion can drive me to explore new frontiers and the reading of the book moved me to explore the Alice software pioneered by Randy. Alice is an innovative 3-D environment that teaches programming to young people via storytelling and interactive game-playing. So I took the initiative to download the freeware and played around with it quickly to produce my own first 3D animated video clip below :
Just today, as I checked online on some of the websites on the life of Randy Pausch, I was surprised to learn that Randy was actually in the movie I had seen. Director J.J. Abrams gave him a small part as a crew member right in the beginning of the show which I replayed and videoed this section below. Randy is seen walking from behind the Captain with a short exclamation, "Captain we have a Visual!"
Thanks Eng Huey for loaning the book to me that has inspired me for the start of the 2nd decade of the New Millineum.