I know you're all waiting to hear of our most recent adventures in Switzerland, but I've been catching up on blog reading (over 100), which resulted in yesterday's post, and e-mail (also over 100), which inspired this one.
Most of my readers, I suspect, are familiar with Randy Pausch, the CMU professor whose inspirational "final lecture" has been making the Internet rounds for months. If you're not, I recommend listening to the entire recording, but some may prefer the much shorter "reprise" featured on Oprah. (The latter is also grandchild-safe, as far as I recall—not that they would sit still long enough to catch the few mildly offensive words in the CMU version.) Thanks are due to my friend LJ, whose e-mail to me of the Oprah version brought this all back to mind, and incidentally led me to one more Randy Pausch lecture, this one on time management. (If you listen to that one first, you will probably opt for the Oprah version of the other lecture. ) Most of what Pausch has to say is not new, but the purpose of such talks is more inspiration than information, and at that Pausch is a master. If you're as frustrated as I was at not being able to see the PowerPoint slides he refers to, you'll be happy to know they're available here.Unrelated side note: For those of you who know BF, our friend from choir—note the many similarities in looks, voice, speaking style, and gestures!