Elliott Masie’s Learning Trends arrived yesterday and alterted me to Randy Pausch’s Last Lecture. He is dying of cancer and this Carnegie Mellon Professor was giving his lecture of a lifetime: covering his own life, loves and achievements. You can watch it here or here . I should have been working, but it totally captivated me for an hour and twenty-five minutes.
It is partly the huge emotion of the event; his incredibly brave facing of his fate; but ultimately it is the content, the contribution and the passion for life and learning which comes over most strongly.
I am sure that there will be a thousand comments about this talk but for you, I promise it is far better to actually watch the lecture. Then tell me if you can go to the end without a lump in your throat.