Thursday, March 20, 2008

Get Lectured

I believe things happen for a reason. Today, in my email I received two videos about life and inspiration. It was a sign that I needed to post them here today.

The first video was sent to me by Fran, my wife. It is about the “Last Lecture” given by Randy Pausch, Professor of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon. It was given on September 18, 2007. The lecture is entitled "Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams”. In August of 2007 Pausch was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and was told that he had three to six months to live. This lecture highlights what is important to him. The video in the box is from Oprah and is an abridged version of the original lecture. To see the original lecture in it's entirety, click here ==>

Randy Pausch is still alive and fighting pancreatic cancer. Here is a link to his blog. click here ==>

This lecture has gotten rave reviews and world wide attention. In April a book based on the lecture will be released. It is titled "The Last Lecture”.

The second video came from my friend Billy. It is a lecture by Harvard trained, Indiana University School of Medicine, brain researcher Jill Bolte Taylor and how she studied her own stroke as it happened. This is an amazing video and very inspirational as well.

This video and lecture come from
"TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from those three worlds. Since then its scope has become ever broader.

The annual conference now brings together the world's most fascinating thinkers and doers, who are challenged to give the talk of their lives (in 18 minutes).

This site makes the best talks and performances from TED available to the public, for free."

I encourage you to take the time and watch both of these videos. Also, go to and watch some of their lectures. You won't regret it.

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