Saturday, July 26, 2008

Thanks for the lecture, Mr. Pausch

Since it is not granted to us to live long,
let us transmit to posterity
some memorial that we have at least lived.
Plinius the Younger, Letters
Yesterday while we were celebrating the 84th birthday of my mother(-in-law), Professor Randy Pausch died.

There's much I could write; even wish to write, but why when (almost) everything can be put into six words?

Thanks for the lecture, Mr. Pausch.


  1. What very sad news to learn this Sunday morning. I was so hoping that Professor Randy Pausch would beat and overcome his illness. He was truly an inspirational person.

    Birthday greetings and happy birthday wishes to your mother-in-law.

  2. Thank you de tout coeur.

  3. A truly inspirational lecture indeed. We all hope that we could face our final illness with the courage this man showed.
    Birthday greetings to your mother-in-law.

  4. Happy birthday to your mother in law
    Paush's lecture was brilliant. Talk aboput life affirming!

  5. Ladies, Jams,
    it's been again pretty hot today. Past midnight, still 26C°, and I think rather than sitting in front of the monitor I shall visit my rocket chair on the balcony and enjoy watching the stars and listening to the silence.
    Yes, thoughts will be humming like bees, sucking the honey of which is being made sadness & wrath, irony & sarcasm, and this and that smile.
    However, (almost) for sure, at one point the hot-tempered laconic realist will once again become a little boy. Only for some minutes or seconds: dreaming all dreams until - very likely - the purring of Pyrthe who meanwhile will have made herself comfortable on my lap will draw me back into reality. :)
    And I shall smile, raise my glass of red and - while the fingers of the other hand will be caressing the cat - wish you all
    the peace of the night. :)

  6. I didn't know he'd died! Thanks for bringing his lecture to my attention a while ago. I watched the whole thing and then added a copy to my Vodpod.

  7. Ginro,
    thank you. It's something to remember in hours hopefully not to come.