“Last Lecturer” has Passed On

Randy Pausch, a Professor who was made famous after giving his “last lecture” celebrating his life and lessons learned, has passed away at age 47.

Professor Pausch, taught computer science at Carnegie Mellon University, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in September of 2006. Approximately a year later he gave a 76 minute speech about living life to the fullest and fulfilling childhood dreams.

In case you haven’t seen the lecture yet, here you go:

If only all professors were this passionate! Prof. Pausch brings some good points to the table, here are a few that stuck with me:

  • Have something to bring to the table.
  • The “Brick Walls” are there for a reason. They are not there to keep us out, they are there to let us prove how bad we want things. They are there to stop the other people that don’t want things bad enough.
  • It is important to know when you are in a pissing match, and to get out of it as soon as possible.
  • Let your kids paint their bedroom!
  • Focus on other people not on yourself.
  • Be Prepared: Luck is where preparation meets opportunity.

I haven’t read it yet, but I would encourage you to consider buying The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch and Jeffrey Zaslow. I just purchased it from Amazon, and will hopefully be able to read it during the next month in between my various trainings.

R.I.P. Professor Pausch. My thoughts and prayers are with your family and friends.

Happy Veterans Day

Today is Veterans Day. I’d like to think everyone will take a moment publicly or privately to thank those that have served to protect their freedoms. I’d like to think that people could support the Troops without mentioning politics today. I’d like to think there would be no War Protests today. I’d like to think stores won’t take advantage of the “Holiday” and try and draw folks into shopping with super deals. Unfortunately I’m sure I’ll be disappointed.

If you haven’t already seen it, take 11 minutes to watch the following Veteran’s Tribute, I’m sure you’ll enjoy it.

I’ll be taking a moment to salute my fellow Veterans, and those that have passed before us. Please do the same.

Remember Remember the Fifth of November

Remember remember the fifth of November
Gunpowder, treason and plot.
I see no reason why gunpowder, treason
Should ever be forgot.
To blow up King and Parliament.
Three-score barrels of powder below
To prove old England’s overthrow;
By God’s providence he was catch’d
With a dark lantern and burning match.
Holloa boys, holloa boys, let the bells ring.

Holloa boys, holloa boys, God save the King!

A Soldier Comes Home

I’m not sure if this has been widely published or not but there is a great piece from Greg Moore, a staff sergeant in the N.Y. National Guard’s 2nd Battalion, 108th Infantry, about his homecoming.

I was going to quote part of the piece but I can’t find any section that will give it justice so I encourage you to read the whole thing: A Soldier Comes Home