Sunday, March 6, 2011

Blog Post #7

Randy Pausch

     Who is Randy Pausch? Randy was a professor of computer science and human computer interaction. He was an awesome speaker who gave a lecture titled “The Last Lecture: Achieving Your Childhood Dreams”, which you can find on He titled it “The Last Lecture” because he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, and passed away in VA, on July 25, 2008, at age 47 leaving behind a wife and three kids.
     I absolutely love Paush last lecture because it gave me so much to think about. He does a great job by involving the audience and providing a really interesting lecture. The lecture was about himself achieving his childhood dreams and what he had learned and experienced when achieving them. He also tells about his job and how he got there which involves virtual reality .
     The first childhood dream he accomplished was being in zero gravity. He did this by breaking through the “Brick Wall” which entailed him to become a journalist so he could be a part of the team to experience zero gravity. The second dream , playing in the NFL, he never accomplished but learned the fundamentals and hard work which contributed to his accomplishments throughout his life. The most important of his childhood dreams was to a be an imaginer at WALT DISNEY WORLD, where he was able to work on Aladdin’s Virtual Reality attraction and this made him decide to teach virtual reality courses.
     His courses were made to help enable childhood dreams of others , and done this by not setting a bar anywhere (for example : he gave them a project with no standards and they exceeded his expectations, and encouraged them to do better even though he felt they all deserved A’s). His courses were created to let the student learn the program by creating movies and games. He believed you could not get there alone that you needed assistance to get there and to show gratitude for hard work given.


  1. How he taught is as important as how he led his life!

  2. He was such an inspiring man and speaker. I agree in your point that it gives you a lot to think about. He was such a dreamer and really did care about his students!