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"Last Lecture" CMU Professor Randy Pausch Dies

kdawson posted more than 6 years ago | from the imagineering-on-the-other-side dept.

Education 208

Many readers are sending in word that Randy Pausch has died at 47. The charismatic young college professor celebrated life despite a death sentence from pancreatic cancer in a remarkable speech widely known as the "Last Lecture." The video went viral and has been downloaded by over 10 million people.

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First Pausch (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24335867)

Oh Wait make that the second.

Re:First Pausch (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24337347)

His speech was the kind of bullshit used to pick up 18 year old college girls. Listen to it it, it is pandering bullshit.

Re:First Pausch (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24337921)

Perhaps you're too stupid to realize that is in fact not pandering, but that it is the way people talk when they disparately want you to listen.

Irony (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24335873)

Oh, the irony.

RIP (1, Insightful)

scipiodog (1265802) | more than 6 years ago | (#24335927)

Requiem in Pacet

Re:RIP (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24335993)

Nolo Contendere

Re:RIP (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24336473)

alea jacta est

Re:RIP (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24336545)

dragostea din tei.

Re:RIP (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24336133)

Requiescat in pace.

Re:RIP (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24336655)

Requiem in Pacet

Requesicat in Pacem. Learn your Latin.

Re:RIP (4, Informative)

zoogies (879569) | more than 6 years ago | (#24337033)

Rest into peace?

Requiescat in pace. Learn your Latin.

Re:RIP (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24336747)

Two years ago, I'd had all the symptoms of pancreatic cancer and my doctor had ordered up an MRI to check it out. For 4 days, between getting told to get the test and when the results came in, I just wandered around like I'd been drugged. Thankfully, the result was negative, but to this day, I can't imagine how that guy managed to refocus his mind and life. Pancreatic cancer usually means "6 months" (or less) and for a lot of that the living is a technicality.

You done good, guy.

RIP = "Requiescat In Pace" (4, Informative)

jamrock (863246) | more than 6 years ago | (#24336927)

Never thought I'd be a grammar Nazi in Latin. Professor Paush's lecture was truly heartwarming and inspiring. My thoughts are with his family and friends, and I hope they'll keep his memory alive for his young children. It's sad to think that they'll never truly know him.

Re:RIP (1)

EngMedic (604629) | more than 6 years ago | (#24337723)

Requiem Aeternam dona eis, Domine, et lux perpetua luceat eis.

Worth the time (5, Informative)

phasm42 (588479) | more than 6 years ago | (#24335937)

For those of you who haven't seen the video, take some time to watch it. Really, it's worth it.

Re:Worth the time (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24335979)

For those of you who haven't seen the video, take some time to watch it. Really, it's worth it.

prbly one of the most inspirational things ive ever viewed on the internet.

Re:Worth the time (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24336157)

Obviously you haven't seen some of the videos I have...

Oh, I know. This is a sad thread. But Pausch had a good sense of humor! Live life! That's his message!

Still not sure... (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24335989)

if it was my last days on earth, I'd spend it giving a lecture.

I'm not really sure I'd even spend it with clothes on...

Re:Still not sure... (5, Interesting)

DeskLazer (699263) | more than 6 years ago | (#24337791)

I don't know if you've ever talked to the guy, but he's probably one of the most positive people I've ever met. he goes far beyond what his lecture and book have. he's the guy who would find the good in everything, as cliched as that sounds. I kept up on his personal blog, which talked about his health as he dealt with the cancer. this guy was RUNNING and doing exercise and being outside and feeling alive while having cancer. he said it best, "I may have a lot of my stamina [from chemo], but I can probably run a quarter mile faster than most Americans." and what he did for pancreatic cancer research is huge. RIP Randy, we'll miss you.

Re:Worth the time (5, Informative)

dustice (1029786) | more than 6 years ago | (#24336429)

His lecture has also been made into a book, which elaborates a bit more and contains a few extra stories.

Video much better than book... (3, Insightful)

TheRedSeven (1234758) | more than 6 years ago | (#24336641)

The book is not worth the price though. Go sit in your local Borders and read it, or borrow it from the library.

It duplicates most of the video, with little else besides some things that Mr. Pausch wanted to include for his family.

Besides, the video has the laugh track...

Re:Video much better than book... (4, Insightful)

maxume (22995) | more than 6 years ago | (#24336835)

Imagine how much better books could be if they listed the emotion you were supposed to be feeling at the end of every line...

Re:Video much better than book... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24337015)

Lojban could do it.

Interesting lecture (4, Insightful)

cashman73 (855518) | more than 6 years ago | (#24335943)

Discovered his lecture on the internet late last year just as I was moving to Pittsburgh. It's quite an interesting and inspiring story. He was a remarkable individual. Rest in Peace, friend.

Respect (4, Funny)

igny (716218) | more than 6 years ago | (#24335945)

Is it possible to organize a minute of silence on the Slashdot? Oh well, I know the answer.

Re:Respect (1)

Arthur Grumbine (1086397) | more than 6 years ago | (#24337741)

Slashdot has sound!??! Crap, I must be still using the old, silent, text-only version...

Godspeed (5, Insightful)

D Ninja (825055) | more than 6 years ago | (#24335975)

That was an amazing speech, Professor Pausch. Your family will be in my prayers. You had a great way of looking at life, and I sincerely believe that your children will benefit very much from that.

I know many people who already have...

Re:Godspeed (4, Interesting)

dreamchaser (49529) | more than 6 years ago | (#24336339)

He was a remarkable man. I live just north of Pittsburgh and had the honor of meeting him briefly early last year. He will be remembered well by all, not just those around the CMU area.

Re:Godspeed (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24336829)

His speech was extremely well done and very powerful. I would have loved to meet him, but I know I'll still remember him-- and I hope the 10,000 people who downloaded his video will too.

Re:Godspeed (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24337255)

I live in Pittsburgh too and it's a very sad day for our community. What a wonderful man. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

Prosper. (5, Interesting)

PunditGuy (1073446) | more than 6 years ago | (#24335977)

He apparently has a speaking role [wikipedia.org] in the new Star Trek film. I wouldn't be surprised to see a dedication now as well.

Everyone hug your kids or your parents or whomever is next to you (if that's allowed by your HR policy). You never know when your time is up.

Re:Prosper. (0, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24336915)

Why bother? I'll just see them in Heaven for eternity. There is no rush to spend time with the people you love. We've got forever!

Re:Prosper. (2, Insightful)

harry666t (1062422) | more than 6 years ago | (#24337827)

> Everyone hug your kids or your parents or whomever
> is next to you (if that's allowed by your HR policy).

That's what I've been doing from the day one. Hugging has some mysterious power in it, if I can say it this way. However, many people seem not to like hugging. I think that people "simply" have a subconscious fear of fully giving and fully accepting love. There's not much you can help other people about this, unless: you really want to; the other person also really wants to; you know how to show empathy; you learned a bit about the psychology and stuff; you have much time. IANAP, at least not one with a paper that'd confirm any knowledge or skills - the stated opinions are just my own conclusions, and I try to help people only because I like doing it.

> You never know when your time is up.

It's not something that I would be afraid of. Death is a part of a natural cycle - you get born, you live, you die. Everyone either went through it, is going through it, or is going to go through it, and there are almost no escapes (the only way to "escape" would involve forcing an end of this cycle upon oneself anyway). If you're not scared of death, you're also not scared to truly live your life.

People associate death with pain, because that's what they usually see and feel when they see someone dying. Nobody likes pain. Pain sucks. The physical pain really sucks, but the psychical one, like the one we feel when we lose someone - must be the worst.

But the death itself?... No, I'm not afraid of dying.

Ob Quote (1)

Stavr0 (35032) | more than 6 years ago | (#24337983)

Of all the souls I've encountered in my travels, his was the most ... human.

Transcription of "Last Lecture" (5, Informative)

D Ninja (825055) | more than 6 years ago | (#24336041)

Follow the link for the transcription of Randy Pausch's Last Lecture [go.com] .

Re:Transcription of "Last Lecture" (1)

fprintf (82740) | more than 6 years ago | (#24337457)

That was unbelievable. Thank you for sharing that link (for those of us challenged behind video-disabled firewalls @ work).

May his children come to fully understand (4, Interesting)

n0dna (939092) | more than 6 years ago | (#24336061)

How much he loved them and what a truly remarkable and inspirational person he was.

Requiem in Pacet.

Re:May his children come to fully understand (2, Informative)

dedazo (737510) | more than 6 years ago | (#24336237)

Requiem in Pacet

Requiescat in Pace, actually.

Re:May his children come to fully understand (4, Funny)

soulsteal (104635) | more than 6 years ago | (#24337951)

Romanus eunt domus!

RIP (1)

Zerolove (667383) | more than 6 years ago | (#24336069)

One of a kind..

Re:RIP (1)

Tubal-Cain (1289912) | more than 6 years ago | (#24336405)

Randy I????? Pausch

Re:RIP (1)

Tubal-Cain (1289912) | more than 6 years ago | (#24336415)

Oh, his middle name is Frederick. Nuts.

Scientist, Teacher, Father (1)

Bananatree3 (872975) | more than 6 years ago | (#24336077)

He was many things to many people, and my condolences to all who knew him personally.

A sad day for everyone that watched his speech (4, Informative)

garylian (870843) | more than 6 years ago | (#24336085)

Off all the viral videos I've seen over the years, I think his "Last Lecture" was the most moving and worthwhile I have ever seen.

It's pretty hard to talk about something as scary as terminal cancer, yet while he kept reminding the listeners of his condition, his energy and charisma kept making you forget that the man was sick.

It's too bad the article that Yahoo! had failed to mention that he got to spend a day with the Pittsburgh Steelers and their wide receiver, Hines Ward. While he didn't actually play in the NFL, I imagine he came as close as he was going to get. I think he managed to nail all of his "bucket list".

People with such great vision are hard to come by. Having that vision while still having such a willingness to share it with others, with great entusiasm, is even more rare.

May his family keep their memories of him always in their minds. R.I.P.

Re:A sad day for everyone that watched his speech (5, Insightful)

dasunst3r (947970) | more than 6 years ago | (#24336187)

No kidding -- I shed a few tears for this guy. If there was one thing I got from that lecture, it was a different perspective on brick walls. On the bright side, he beat the odds by a nontrivial amount, and he savored every last moment he could.

Re:A sad day for everyone that watched his speech (2, Informative)

hansraj (458504) | more than 6 years ago | (#24336207)

It's too bad the article that Yahoo! had failed to mention that he got to spend a day with the Pittsburgh Steelers and their wide receiver, Hines Ward. While he didn't actually play in the NFL, I imagine he came as close as he was going to get.

Which article are you talking about? The linked article on abcnews.go.com does mention this on the last page. From TFA:

But even though he had enabled the dreams of so many others, we couldn't help but notice that there was one dream Pausch had never been able to fulfill -- playing in the NFL.

So ABC News made a couple of phone calls, and in October, Pausch took the field with the Pittsburgh Steelers. He was wearing the jersey of his favorite player: wide receiver Heinz Ward.

Moments later he was catching balls thrown by Ward.

He caught every pass -- and even kicked a field goal, on his first attempt.

If only... (4, Interesting)

tjstork (137384) | more than 6 years ago | (#24336123)

If only our politicians were a 1/10th of the man that he was.

Re:If only... (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24336185)

Or, failing that, if only they could die as quickly as he did.

(Apologies for the inappropriate humour, I was deeply moved by his lecture and even more so by his passing away. On behalf of ACs all over the internet, I wish him much success in the great lecture hall in the sky.)

Re:If only... (1, Funny)

j-pimp (177072) | more than 6 years ago | (#24336299)

Or, failing that, if only they could die as quickly as he did.

(Apologies for the inappropriate humour, I was deeply moved by his lecture and even more so by his passing away. On behalf of ACs all over the internet, I wish him much success in the great lecture hall in the sky.)

Which would mean all our politicians will be Jeffersons, JFKs or Obama's. We'd never get a Franklin or a Regan.

Re:If only... (off topic) (1)

Arthur B. (806360) | more than 6 years ago | (#24336817)

What a strange belief. Politics has been wrong and screwed up all the time, but it's just because it wasn't the right guy... And cue the supporters of a candidate : THIS guy, now he's for real, etc. Get a perspective, it's a systemic problem.

Re:If only... (5, Insightful)

ndansmith (582590) | more than 6 years ago | (#24337097)

If only our politicians were a 1/10th of the man that he was.

No! Don't waste good men on politics!

Re:If only... (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24337113)

If only our politicians were a 1/10th of the man that he was..

.. then we would vote against them, in favor of someone who has a better marketing department. Like we always do.

Galier (1)

EnrikeKr (1268748) | more than 6 years ago | (#24336137)

A big remember for him! ... and a strip [killrates.com]

Rest in peace (1)

red4 (848284) | more than 6 years ago | (#24336141)

Watching the Last Lecture really does put things into perspective. Rest in Peace Dr. Pausch. The Pausch family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Re:Rest in peace (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24336235)

save your prayers for your enemies... i hear they do more harm then good...

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/12082681/ [msn.com]

More than The Last Lecture (5, Informative)

travisbean (614697) | more than 6 years ago | (#24336169)

While he recently became a household name with The Last Lecture, he was a longtime proponent of gaming as a vehicle for computer science education. His work at CMU, and partnerships with Disney and Electronic Arts, helped legitimize gaming and play in the university, and brought the university into the video game industry. Even before The Last Lecture anyone who had the chance to study with him or just chat with him for a few minutes knew they were talking with a man with a passion for play, technology and life, and a lifelong sense of wonder we can all emulate. Three cheers for Randy Pausch!

Re:More than The Last Lecture (1)

jlawson382 (1018528) | more than 6 years ago | (#24337361)

Three cheers for Randy Pausch!
I don't have any mod points, and you don't have the room to take them if I did - but +1, friend. From everything I can tell about the man, that's exactly the spirit he would have wanted people to have when he passed.

RIP. (1)

apodyopsis (1048476) | more than 6 years ago | (#24336191)

RIP. A widely regarded and inspiring lesson in accepting your cards as they are dealt, concentrating on the important stuff and making the most of your time. If you have not yet watched the lecture then make time to do so.

Tearful (4, Insightful)

shashark (836922) | more than 6 years ago | (#24336209)

I'm all tears as I write this. I've been following Prof Pausch on web since the time that video was posted. If you see his video, blog and other web commentary, you would realize how he was the embodiment of positive energy.

Hell, I even checked on him last week - and his blog posted that he was off chemo. I was happy to know that he was doing well. :(

Prof Pausch, we will miss you.

Re:Tearful (5, Interesting)

peterprior (319967) | more than 6 years ago | (#24336311)

Quote: "I mean, the metaphor I've used is ... somebody's going to push my family off a cliff pretty soon, and I won't be there to catch them. And that breaks my heart. But I have some time to sew some nets to cushion the fall. So, I can curl up in a ball and cry, or I can get to work on the nets."

Wow.

Re:Tearful (4, Insightful)

glavenoid (636808) | more than 6 years ago | (#24336695)

That is probably the single most touching thing I have ever seen or read. That kind of attitude, especially when staring at his own mortality, is the very definition of all things honourable. Not only did he lay out those nets for his own family, but for everyone. Professor Pausch will be missed by many, for sure, but his great deeds and genuine humility will continue to inspire, and will far outlast any sorrow...

Re:Tearful (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24337889)

I am so sad. His attitude reminded me a lot of my father (who also recently died from cancer). I began checking is blog regularly. And when he started outliving the estimates I (like an idiot) must have convinced myself that he was going to survive this, in spite of the fact that it was a terminal prognosis.

This is so terrible. I should be learning something here. I should try to take on the attitude that he had, apply it to my life and so on. But I can't right now.

RIP Randy (1)

matt4077 (581118) | more than 6 years ago | (#24336223)

... and thanks for some inspiration.

Official CMU release (5, Informative)

Rufus211 (221883) | more than 6 years ago | (#24336277)

Re:Official CMU release (4, Informative)

Rufus211 (221883) | more than 6 years ago | (#24336343)

Hrm, better links:
News release [cmu.edu]
Homepage story [cmu.edu]

He is survived by his wife, Jai, and three children: Chloe, Dylan and Logan. The family requests that donations on his behalf be directed to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network [pancan.org] , 2141 Rosecrans Ave., Suite 7000, El Segundo, CA 90245, or to Carnegie Mellons Randy Pausch Memorial Fund [cmu.edu] , which the university will use primarily to support continued work on the Alice project.

Wow (4, Insightful)

squarooticus (5092) | more than 6 years ago | (#24336305)

You have to be brave to be able to face what he did the way he did it. I think I would rather be run over by a train without a moment's notice.

Re:Wow (4, Insightful)

Svartalf (2997) | more than 6 years ago | (#24337277)

Each morning it's brave to get up and go into that cruel, cruel world.

Each breath you take is one less to your last.

Each step or action you take is one less to your last.

The only difference with him and the rest of us was that he was revealed the sand left in the top of his hourglass.

If I were faced with this as he was, I could only hope to forge forward as he did.

NY Times on how people die (4, Interesting)

peter303 (12292) | more than 6 years ago | (#24337409)

A couple weeks ago an article in the "Aging" series tabulated:
Cancer 20%
Heart Disease 25%
Old Age decline - demntia, pneumonia, etc. 40%
Other - accidents, etc. 15%

My Condolances (2, Interesting)

scubamage (727538) | more than 6 years ago | (#24336317)

Rest in peace. Both the world and academia need more men like you. Thank you for the inspiration you've given me without ever even meeting me. You will be missed.

Anyone using the Alice software? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24336333)

The "Last Lecture" book is really great for anyone wanting to read something very uplifting and truly inspirational, especially for geeks. The guy was more concerned with passing on his love for life than focusing on how he would die.

On those lines, has anyone tried the alice software?
www.alice.org [alice.org]

Randy was very proud of this achievement, so giving it some attention/discussion seems appropriate here.

Re:Anyone using the Alice software? (1)

FishWithAHammer (957772) | more than 6 years ago | (#24336677)

Alice is a wonderfully impressive tool. Once I get him a computer that can run it, I'm going to teach it to my brother (because having him do it on my machine is a little difficult when I'm at school). It seems like a brilliant introduction to computer programming and the thinking behind software design.

My dad too (4, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24336377)

My father is also a professor (of civil engineering) and is dying of the same. He linked me this video - I'm afraid to watch it, afraid I'll break down.

I thank him anyway, to know that I am not alone.

Re:My dad too (4, Insightful)

Seakip18 (1106315) | more than 6 years ago | (#24336609)

You owe it to your dad and Pausch's memory to watch it.

He knew how hard the future was going to be to him and his family. Instead of resigning himself to his fate, he poured his heart and soul into achieving the dreams he has held and preparing his children for the future. A noble effort and one that inspires, even in such sad times.

Re:My dad too (1)

FishWithAHammer (957772) | more than 6 years ago | (#24336689)

Not going to tell you that you owe it to anyone to watch it, but you'd get something good out of it.

Thank you (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24336493)

I came across Dr. Pausch's lecture on the net, last year. I am grateful for having seen it. Very insightful and full of empathy. My condolences to his family.

Q: How do you make a man into a god? (3, Insightful)

Trespass (225077) | more than 6 years ago | (#24336525)

A: You kill him.

Re:Q: How do you make a man into a god? (2, Funny)

jollyreaper (513215) | more than 6 years ago | (#24336807)

Q: How do you make a man into a god? (Score:3, Insightful)

A: You kill him.

Damn, I was gonna pick "dip him in molten gold, put on pedestal."

Re:Q: How do you make a man into a god? (4, Funny)

Splab (574204) | more than 6 years ago | (#24337105)

Well that would probably kill him.

Re:Q: How do you make a man into a god? (1)

Relic of the Future (118669) | more than 6 years ago | (#24337089)

How very true.

I never took a class with Pausch, but had plenty of friends who did, so I've heard stories; and not all them good.

But let's forget the bad for today, and let him be a god.

Re:Q: How do you make a man into a god? (2, Insightful)

Svartalf (2997) | more than 6 years ago | (#24337337)

I would hesitate to claim him a "god".

He was a man. A good man in at least some ways.

A person has his failings and his strengths- and I suspect that you talk to those failings when you refer to the "not so good" stories about Randy Pausch.

Alice (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24336549)

One of the best ways to remember Prof Pausch is to push Alice.org on all the kids you know. I am not a programer, but it is a great way to get kids into programing. My 13 year old son uses it.

Thank you Randy for developing such a wonderful program

If he had cancer... (3, Funny)

blp (4207) | more than 6 years ago | (#24336615)

...then I think his video must have metastatized, instead of going viral.

an amazing article from the Brown Alumni Magazine (4, Interesting)

lyapunov (241045) | more than 6 years ago | (#24336627)

I actually read the article first and then googled more references.
This article is amazing. [brownalumnimagazine.com]

My wife's father died from metastatic colin cancer that went to his lungs. She still has bouts of depression, and I have often wondered what I should be doing to help her and my kids should I check out early. This is the best that I have ever come across.

Sad. On the other hand: (1)

Armakuni (1091299) | more than 6 years ago | (#24336713)

Talk about leaving a meaningful legacy... He sure made the most of his last months.

Fascinating man (2, Interesting)

99luftballon (838486) | more than 6 years ago | (#24336733)

Got sent his video and was entranced. It summed up an awful lot of what I felt was wrong with my life. I'd raise a glass to him but have given up drinking based on that lecture.

I'm glad people aren't making light of this. (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24336755)

As so many /. posters are wont to do, it's nice to see that the normal sarcasm and wit aren't happening here.

He was a remarkable man, and the memory of him should be honored.

A year for CMU (1)

mischief herald (1278400) | more than 6 years ago | (#24336823)

I might sadly add that, as a CMU student, this our third professor who we have lost in the past year. The other two professors, both in the biology department of CMU, were Dr. William Brown (http://www.cmu.edu/bio/news/2007/brown_tribute.html) and Dr. Elizabeth Jones (http://www.cmu.edu/bio/faculty/jones.shtml). All will be sorely missed, with Dr. Pausch being the most recent and visible.

Fruits of the man's labor here (Alice) (1)

bugeaterr (836984) | more than 6 years ago | (#24336993)

Fruits of the man's labor here (Alice)

http://www.alice.org/ [alice.org]

Re:Fruits of the man's labor here (Alice) (2, Interesting)

fprintf (82740) | more than 6 years ago | (#24337685)

Based on the discussion earlier this week about teaching children how to program, I followed a recommended link to the Alice language. What a fantastic idea that builds upon many of the concepts of teaching and learning an object based computer programming language. That it extends so naturally from the MIT based Scratch language is just a bonus.

So I got to know a little of Dr. Pausch's work earlier this week thank to Slashdot, and now get to sit here in sadness for a few minutes thanks to the same.

Watched his Last Lecture for a course assignment (1)

wilgibson (933961) | more than 6 years ago | (#24337037)

During the first part of the summer one of the assignments in my Persuasion course was to watch his video. If there was one thing I took from that course more than any other it was the message he gave. The course was my last before finishing my BA in Communication, and while I had been accepted into graduate school I was uncertain if I wanted to go. His lecture truly helped me decide to move on and get my MA. And, while I am still a bit nervous about grad-school and even more so having to teach, his words are an inspiration to not let anything get in my way of living my life.

He was a great speaker, and more so a great motivator. If anything his death is a blessing and a curse. I feel sorry for his family's loss, but hope they find solace that he will live on for decades to come because of his words.

RIP Randy (1)

cityhunter007 (796688) | more than 6 years ago | (#24337111)

Thank you for your message. I'll never forget.

He is a blessing on humanity. (1)

jim_deane (63059) | more than 6 years ago | (#24337269)

Even knowing it was coming, and coming sooner rather than later, it is still a tremendous shock to know that we have lost such an inspirational man.

How lucky we are to have his message.

For his wife Jai and his beautiful children, I hope that it is eventually some comfort to know that humanity recognizes what a unique gift we were privileged to share with you.

Egomaniac (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24337391)

I thought this guy was Ego tripping, but that's what happens when you're faced with death - you realize none of it matters - so you do the only thing there's left to do: you surrender. He was forced into surrender.

Realize that you too are going to die, so deal with it. Unlike Pautsch you can choose to surrender now. And I don't mean giving up - that's just resistence.

Nonetheless, what he achieved is admirable.

Peace,

Dammit... (1)

mooreti1 (1123363) | more than 6 years ago | (#24337433)

Thank you, Tigger, for the words of encouragement and giving a 40 yr old man the courage to go back to college. I won't let the walls keep me out.

Fortunate to have him as a professor (5, Interesting)

whipping_post (521700) | more than 6 years ago | (#24337695)

I had Prof. Pausch as a teacher, in '97 or '98, at the University of Virginia in a "Usability Engineering" class. It was hands down the best class I took at The University, and he was an absolutely amazing teacher. His "last lecture" made him famous, but his work in the classroom is what made him great.

Saw this guys video in English class (1)

bigplrbear (1179259) | more than 6 years ago | (#24337753)

Very good video. Pretty funny at times too. Definately worth your while

Creation of ETEK Programs (1)

Shoone (1166755) | more than 6 years ago | (#24337821)

Randy was partially responsible for the creation of an Entertainment Technology program at Sierra Nevada College [sierranevada.edu] . His program, Alice [alice.org] , was used as the tool that introduced many of us to creating Virtual Worlds.
I was in the first class they did for this and it was absolutely incredible. CMU really helped SNC get its program off the ground.

Very good mentor (1)

BountyX (1227176) | more than 6 years ago | (#24337841)

After watching his lecture on TED, I began implementing his teaching strategies in my training classes at my workplace...turns out the head fake concept works very well ;)

blessing or curse to know your lifespan? (1)

peter303 (12292) | more than 6 years ago | (#24338131)

We all kind of know something vaguely in he back of minds. But what if you knew exactly? Would people behave differently? Randy used his final time wisely.
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