Monthly Archives: July 2008

Randy Pausch (author of The Last Lecture) has passed away, but inspires millions

Professor Randy Pausch (above with wife Jai and 3 children), author of the remarkable and inspiring book “Last Lecture,” has passed away on 25 July, 2008, at the age of 47. A dear friend to Diane Sawyer and ‘Good Morning America,’ Pausch’s lecture and subsequent interview was one of the most powerful accounts of hope, grace and optimistism ‘GMA’ has ever featured, and drew a worldwide response. Click here to read more about Dr. Pausch and his incredible impact on the lives of thousands.

I had heard about him from my friend Celia and once I clicked on the video clip of the Last Lecture (see my previous post), I was bowed over by this incredible man.

I think everyone should take a slice out of his lecture. Absolutely inspiring and amazing.

Like what he says, we can’t choose the cards we are dealt with, but it’s up to us how we play them.

Note: Watching the full clip of The Last Lecture is highly recommended. Do also catch the clips ABC made of the interview Diane Sawyer subsequently conducted with Randy and his wife.

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Mr BrownShow: Coffeeshop talk (5/5 stars)

Click to listen to some funny parodies about conspiracy theories and, speedy clearance and fare games

…and one borderline heretic “bread and butter sermon

Chio Gao Peng (laugh until cannot stand).

I tell you, I was a fan of Mr Brown ever since his earliest days of blogging. I think he was one of the earliest pioneers of this social phenomenon.

His National Education series was quite a hoot.

And then it was his famous impersonation of the Richard Gere visa ad, what with the local mix of colourful hokkien vocabulary.

And then the Mee Siam Mai Hum rap.

I tell you, Mr Brown and his buddy Mr Miyagi ought to have their own TV talk show (perhaps Singapore’s answer to David Letterman?)

Newest Dish in town

I do not, will not, shall not, want not to imagine the sensory taste of such a dish.

Inspiration for July 25

“Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat.”F. Scott Fitzgerald

Inspiration for July 24

“Outstanding leaders go out of their way to boost the self-esteem of their personnel. If people believe in themselves, it’s amazing what they can accomplish.” Sam Walton

Inspiration for July 23

“The function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers.”Ralph Nader

Inspiration for July 22

“A leader is best when people barely know he exists, not so good when people obey and acclaim him, worse when they despise him.”Lao Tzu