Randy Pausch is a 47 year old Professor of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University. He is also dying of cancer. In September, he participated in a CMU tradition known as the “Last Lecture.” Apparently this is a long running (though renamed to something less memorable – Journeys – just before Dr. Pausch gave his) lecture series in which professors give a lecture as if it were to be their last. The difference with Dr. Pausch being, of course, that it would be among his last. (He was given an expectation of 3-6 months of good health left.)
A video of Dr. Pausch’s Last Lecture is available on Google Video and has been watched over 1 million times. I watched it when it was in heavy rotation a month or so ago. It is entertaining and inspiring. I recommend it.
Anyway, since our local paper also covers the Charlottesville area, there was an article in the paper about the lecture that Dr. Pausch gave at UVA this week. (Our local paper is The Roanoke Times – I won’t bother linking as their online edition is miserably, miserably lame.) Dr. Pausch was previously on the faculty at UVA, and his lecture is on Time Management. It is full of wonderful practical advice, distilling the best of what you would learn if you read a half dozen good time management books, with a few additional quirks for good measure. And, it, too, is available on this here series of tubes. Highly, highly recommended.