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Randy Pausch

Many people have asked me why I’m documenting my terminal cancer “adventure” in public. Actually, no one has asked me that because no one reads this blasphemous blawg. 🙂

Besides the innate propensity to keep my potty mouth spewing verbal diarrhea, the top reason I’m writing about my walk down the proverbial plank is Randy Pausch. Randy was a computer science professor at a well known engineering school, Carnegie Mellon University. He was a victim of pancreatic cancer who succumbed to the EOAM‘s evil forces in 2008 at the age of 47.

Before he died, Randy gave a truly inspirational lecture and wrote an equally inspiring NYT best-selling book titled “The Last Lecture“. I didn’t have my cancer diagnosis back then, but I clearly remember watching his lecture (20 million views) and reading his profound, uplifting book. I can recall it so easily because I remember the hair on my neck (I have no hair on my head, and it’s not because of chemo) standing straight up and my spine tingling as I listened to, and read, his heartwarming words of wisdom.

Since Randy Pausch is one of my greatest heroes that I’ve never met, please consider exploring his work to make the world a brighter place by clicking on one of the links in this post. I guarantee you that his words, in spite of the serious subject matter, will bring you multiple tiny moments of joy as they infiltrate your being.

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  1. Ken Tollstam
    July 5, 2020 at 2:02 pm

    I read them and you are an incredible inspiration.

  2. July 5, 2020 at 2:09 pm

    Thank you Ken. I’m frantically trying to make up for being an asshole so many times before I kick the bucket. 😳

  3. Jeanne W. Brown
    July 5, 2020 at 2:50 pm

    Hi Tony, I do read your blog and I understand why you write it – buy sharing your “adventure”  you help others, including me, who are walking the same path!I remember watching Randy Pausch on television giving his lectures. Another book I have read written by a lung cancer patient and doctor is: “When Breath Becomes Air” by Paul Kalanithi.

    Hope to see you soon, Jeanne

    • July 5, 2020 at 3:22 pm

      Hi Jeanne, thanks for reading. I read Paul’s book after I was diagnosed and it’s definitely in my top tier. Very hard hitting.

  4. July 5, 2020 at 3:09 pm

    I read your shitty blog!

    • July 5, 2020 at 3:23 pm

      Yeah, but you don’t count because you don’t write any Haskell 😜

  5. cherimoya
    September 23, 2020 at 4:59 pm

    I just found your shitty blog. Here is hoping you will be at it for a good bit. Can you please explain to me why I don’t understand what NNTALEB says when he says convex I think of a convex lens. I see his charts and it looks concave. WTF am I missing? Up to helping an idiot like me? I can’t “picture” concavity properly it seems. That’s how I stumbled on your blog. I really like it. I’m worm-holing this bitch.

    • September 25, 2020 at 2:49 pm

      Hi Jerald, thanks for stopping by. I’m glad you like this shitty blog 🙂
      I’ll hoist a blog post very soon for you explaining Taleb’s convexity/concavity concepts.

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