(I wasn't quite sure where to put this, as we don't have a "Books" section and it's only really half about a book anyway.)
I know these are sort of old news, but has anyone seen/read The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch?
It's a lecture, later sort of regrouped into a book, about really achieving your childhood dreams.
Pausch was a professor of Computer Science at the Carnegie Mellon University. After discovering that he has developed a terminal pancreatic cancer, on September 18, 2007 he gave a lecture called "The Last Lecture: Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams" at Carnegie Mellon.
You can watch the entire lecture (about an hour and fifteen minutes) on Youtube here.
He died on on July 25, 2008, but before he died, he also wrote a book, "The Last Lecture."
People who have seen/read one or both: What did you think?
People who saw/read both: Which did you like better?
For me, I had watched the lecture on my dad's recommendation when I was applying for college. I thought it was pretty powerful; the man managed to do some really incredible things, because he was determined to achieve his dreams. When college actually started, we were sent copies of the book for summer reading. I think the lecture itself was better, personally; it captured more of his spirit, I think.
I think it's also pretty cool that they gave him a small part in the 2009 Star Trek movie. Especially cool was when my school had that as one of the dollar movie night showings, and everyone applauded when Pausch went onscreen. Pretty inspiring guy.
So, what do you guys think? Have you read/seen the lecture?