Friday, September 21, 2007

I'm a sucker for this kind of thing.

If you were tasked with giving your last lecture -- or rather, write a speech that would encapsulate all that you were and all that you were about if you were unable to ever write another -- what would you write?

Many universities across the country are doing their own versions of this -- having nationally recognized scholars give their own hypothetical last talks. This week, Randy Pausch, a fairly famous Computer Science professor gave his at Carnegie Mellon. It was perfect. I was especially touched by his statement, "Brick walls are there for a reason. They let us prove how badly we want things."

Godspeed, Dr. Pausch. May heaven contain all the stuffed animals and blank walls that you could ever dream of.

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