Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Tigger or Eeyore

Yesterday afternoon Randy Pausch presented his last lecture on the Oprah show. The last lecture was initially presented as part of a Carnegie Mellon lecture series, but his was different because it truly was his last lecture.

I finally heard the lecture this morning. It was inspiring and gave me a great perspective. Dr Pausch commented on his childhood. Among his stories he told the audience about his parents allowing him to draw on his bedroom walls. Later in the lecture he made the comment that you need to decide early on if you are going to be a Tigger or an Eeyore.

These two comments sparked my idea for this blog entry... while we were in high school Colin and I decided to draw on his wall. Ironically, the first cartoon I drew was a Tigger. My brother and I had decided to be Tiggers many years before that. And yes, our mother also let us deface the walls too :)

Although I did not know Dr Pausch he was the undergraduate advisor for one of my good friends at CMU, Kate. Dr Pausch was her advisor for her trip to the KC-135 (vomit comet) , she knew him well.

The lecture is archived at

If you have 10 minutes to spare it's definetely worth listening too.

Pictured above:
(1) Colin standing next to the wall of his bedroom - 1995
(2) Kate & I goofing around - 1997