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I guess it's about time I started reading the books. I have now seen all the movies. I just returned from the final entry. The final story in a cohesive series bearsReview: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, part 2 (spoilers)

This is one of a series of articles I wrote for The Coalition of Awesomeness blog some time ago. The blog has since gone to an unfortunate (but very awesome)Myths, Magic, and Legends – From Atlantis to Camelot

To steal a phrase from one of the judges, this show is "off the hook!" I don't like a lot of the "talent competitions" that are on TV. American Idol isReview: The Sing-Off

Tonight the girls and I were playing games like Simon Says, Follow the Leader, and Climb All Over Dad Until His Arms Fall Off. We had almost moved into HideWeeping Angels game

After a troubled history with Disney, 20th Century Fox has picked up the Narnia series and is moving forward. This December we'll be treated to the next installment in theBack to Narnia with a new trailer, and a 2010 movie update

Movies.com: Industry buzz and movie information on the most talked-about upcoming movies Here's a movie rumor. 24 Bewitching Prediction Here's a TV spinoff that should actually make a decent movie. Of course, I24: the movie?

My parents came out for the weekend, which means (among other things) free babysitting. That, in turn, means movies! My wife and I saw two movies in a row tonight: GreenReview: Green Lantern / Super 8 Double Feature!

SCI FI Wire | The News Service of the SCI FI Channel The Dark Is Rising is my favorite young adult fantasy series. Susan Cooper wrote the series and it reallyThe Dark Is Rising comes to film

I'm a little hesitant to review this one, because it doesn't feel like it would be fair to do so until I've seen part three and the end of theReview: Pirates of the Carribean: Dead Man's Chest

At my house we have a bit of a push-and-pull relationship with time. My wife pushes, and I pull. Call me crazy, but I don't think we need to leave aRules for showing up

Over Memorial Day weekend, my wife and I foisted my 2 kids on my parents and ran for the hills, totally taking advantage of my parents' generosity to spend 6Double Review: Narnian royalty return to take down Indiana Jones

Andre Agassi began the end of his professional tennis career tonight with a great match vs. Andrei Pavel. Like many people, I've been watching Andre Agassi for almost his entire career.Agassi's last first round win

Lots of movies are coming out this year that I would love to see in a theater, rather than waiting for DVD. Here's the list, in order of release, with releaseWhat I'm going to do with my summer

For simplicity's sake, I'm combining the statements of both daughters (currently 4 and 3). Kids: I don't like much boys. Me: Why don't you like boys? Kids: I don't know. Me: Oh. Kids: You're aBest conversation I've ever had with my kids

I'm of two minds about this movie. On the one hand, it was extremely well done, especially the directing and acting, and the subject was enticing and kept my interest.Review: The Aviator

Randy Pausch passes on

Back in January I wrote a bit about Randy Pausch’s “Last Lecture”:

Everything about this recording is interesting to me:

  • From a technology standpoint, what he has achieved and set in motion
  • From a teaching standpoint, how he delivered the lecture – the design, “tech elements”, and presentation style
  • From an emotional standpoint, how he pulls it together in the end. Absolutely perfect.
  • From a personal standpoint, how he comes across as completely genuine and open. Someone you’d really like to get to know.

I never met the guy or heard of him before, but he is now one of the most impressive people I’m aware of.

Randy died yesterday, succumbing to the illness that informed his lecture and made it so poignant. It seems fitting to bring the lecture back again for those who may have missed it.

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Another piece of his legacy is the groundbreaking “Alice” programming instructional tool. I wrote more detail about that in a previous post. The genius of it is that it entices kids (even more specifically, girls, an under-served demographic in that area) to learn how to program by introducing story-telling and fun into the learning process.

Take a few minutes to watch the lecture. It’s worth the investment. If you’re pressed for time, I have links to shorter versions on the original post – but I do encourage watching the longer version if you can.

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2 comments to Randy Pausch passes on

  • Jonathan

    Unfortunately, like most videos on the internet, this one is not captioned.

    However, I was able to find a transcript of the lecture online. Well worth reading. Thanks for bringing my attention to this.

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  • You know, I hate to admit it, but that’s an issue that has never crossed my mind before. That must be a real pain in the neck. I don’t even know if most video software has a captioning option.

    I’m glad you found the transcript. Like I said, this guy really impressed me.

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