Wednesday, December 31, 2008

The Changebringer

Well, It's time to take up some resolutions as the year approaches its finale. As everyone else, I too had a bunch of resolutions and aspirations and things to do and look forward to in the forthcoming year. All lasted till I saw the video of a guy Dr. Randy Pausch who gave the last lecture that he would ever give, titled "Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams" . Now, if you are curious, you can find a lot more about him in Wikepedia.





I'd say Randy Pausch was one of the inspirations for my project that came out as the best in college solely because of his creativity in doing things, in bringing about interaction between a machine and man that could just blow you off. Randy Pausch moved the world with his series of Last Lectures which were not about Computers but about Life. After watching his last lecture video, I thought, what is the point of aiming high when the very base on which humanity should stand is entirely absent? A lot of things to learn. A lot of things to change. The video left me with a heavy heart and a bare truth that the world misses a Hero today.

Dr. Randy Pausch died on July 25, 2008 at the age of 47 after a prolonged illness due to Pancreatic Cancer. The Pittsburgh City Council declared November 19, 2007 to be "Dr. Randy Pausch Day."

I'm sure the video would affect anyone that watches it almost instantaneously and about the new year resolutions, well, I just had them changed and I know that now I have the Best look forward to.

Happy New Year!




*Video from YouTube
*Photo from Wikipedia

9 comments:

Vivek said...

I watched the video a long time ago.
It was inspiring and amde me look at things differently.
Made me want to change the way I worked, thought and approached anything!
Finally after all those attempts I have only made the change of eating of Pizza Hut instead of Dominoes!

Happy New Year!

Vibushan Lakshminarayan said...

@Vivek
ha ha, well, I prefer Dominoes anyday :D

Rakesh Vanamali said...

Oh yes....the wonder that was Randy Pausch....How could anyone not know this magnificence!!!!

http://almostsunday.blogspot.com/2008/09/remembering-drrandy-pausch.html

Regards & Wishes!

Vibushan Lakshminarayan said...

@Rakesh
Good that the propogation already has started :)

Happy New Year!

Hema Hariharan said...

Really nice video! :)
I didn't know about this guy before reading about him on your blog :)
And happy new year to you too!

Vibushan Lakshminarayan said...

@Hema
Thanks :)
I just missed the seeing his last lecture live. :(

Swati said...

ah! The Last Lecture!! just when i thought, there's nobody who believes in looking up for every bit of useless knowledge...who believes in looking up names that make (or not) the headlines!

THANK YOU so very much for being the part of the dying breed who don't limit their sphere of knowledge to what-rajnikant-said or kareena's size zero. thank you again. sincerely!

but its sad that Dr. Pausch realized this only when he knew he HAD to do this..only when he had so very little a time..but yes..its quality that matters, and not the quantity..and what he has told the world isn't something new..our parents, gurus, almost everybody who has experienced 'life' tells us..just that we choose to ignore.

congrats on the project :)

rest assured..i'm going to be a regular!

Vibushan Lakshminarayan said...

@Swati
Well, yeah, the breed IS dying. And thank you too for being a part of the breed!

Randy, i believe knew that he had to salvage all the chances he could so he could bring about a change before he passed on. Hence the lecture. I believe we choose to turn a deaf ear to the advice from people close to us because they dont have the patience, time or the facility to create videos or presentations. It comes to us in as plain a form as we can expect it to be. Hence we choose to see the fancy cover than the contents of the book.

Thanks for your congratulations! Keep Visiting!

MAN IN PAINTING said...

Very nice vibhushan.
Thank you
mip