A few days back Renu had told me about this book called as ‘The Last Lecture’ written by a computer professor named Randy Pausch. She told me it is a must read and also a current best-seller, but I had never heard about it. Now that I think about it, being an incurable net-addict its amazing that I never came across this one.
I bought the book a few days later, and started reading it. The fact that I was able to finish half the book in one sitting and considering how lazy I am nowadays reading books, it speaks volumes as to how good I felt reading it. I was in quite a gloomy mood for days before, but reading this gave me instant bliss and I am not exaggerating. It is amazing how a book about the last lecture given by a dying professor tells you nothing negative but inspires you to be positive. And it really did inspire me, I would go as far as saying that it was the most inspirational thing I have heard ever.
Now, after this I did some research about this guy. He really is a hot-shot in the computer world. A major contributor to the world of Virtual Reality and even co-developed one of the best programming learning aide – Alice (try this one out, its a free download). And then I came across the original video of his last lecture, again available for free in YouTube. It is over an hour long, but I promise you, there’s not a minute of boredom in there. It is filled with energy and its not about dying, its about living. Do watch it, its even better than the book!
Dr. Pausch passed away on July 25, 2008. But what a legacy to leave behind…