I have not posted a book review in some while, but I was most impressed with this true story.
The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch
Randy Pausch was a professor of computer science at Carnegie Mellon University. The University has a lecture series that at one time had been called The Last Lecture. The program is designed to be entertaining, emotional, moving and inspiring, and Randy Pausch gave such a lecture. But for him it really was a last lecture. He was dying of cancer, and he knew it.
Randy’s lecture was titled Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams, and he talked about his childhood dreams, and how he achieved almost all of them. He had some pretty fantastic dreams. Even if you don’t accomplish your dreams, he said, it is important to try because you can learn so much along the way.
There is a video on YouTube of his 76 minute lecture, and the book contains virtually every story he told his audience. Just go to YouTube, type in ‘Pausch’ and look for the video that is a little over an hour long.
To the optimist, the glass is half full. To the pessimist, the glass is half empty. To the engineer, the glass is twice as big as it needs to be.
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Three engineering students were gathered together discussing the possible designers of the human body.
One said, "It was a mechanical engineer. Just look at all the joints." Another said, "No, it was an electrical engineer. The nervous system has many thousands of electrical connections." The last said, "Actually it was a civil engineer. Who else would run a toxic waste pipeline through a recreational area?"