Inspiration, Randy Pausch & Alice.org

Randy Pausch died today. If you haven't heard The Last Lecture, do. It's a love story from Dr. Pausch to his wife Jai, to his three little kids and to life.

One of Dr. Pausch's virtual children (through some very smart doctoral types) is Alice.org. The proposition was to create something to get certain kids-- particularly young girl kids who are being culturized away from technology studies-- to become excited about programming. In Dr. Pausch's words "the head fake" was while the kids were learning to play games, they were also learning to sling code.

Here's one of my favorite quotes from the Lecture, "The brick walls are there to stop the people who don't want it badly enough. They are there to stop the other people."

I'm working on a wall that looks like this:

Data = Risk
Data = Value

DV > DR = Success

We will take this thorn covered wall down brick by brick in the coming months. It's inception and what this means for the future of data control has left my blog a bit silent in the last little while here, but more is on its way.

Thank you Dr. Randy Pausch. My thoughts & prayers are with your family & friends tonight. I hope we all can live up to your legacy & that we can all have as much fun as you did along the way!

Comments:

Michelle,

Thank you for that. I have been so inspired by Dr Pausch after seeing the Lecture when it first appeared. His appreciation and celebration of others by living "right" is the key to getting through those brick walls. When you celebrate others over yourself the success will come to you, and often in forms completely unexpected. On a related note the Lecture will re-air tomorrow, (Tuesday) night on ABC at 10PMPDT. Good to see your words again,

Johbn

Posted by John Taylor on July 28, 2008 at 02:32 AM PDT #

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