Randy Pausch set the tone early on yesterday at his farewell lecture at Carnegie Mellon University.
“If I don’t seem as depressed or morose as I should be, sorry to disappoint you,” said Dr. Pausch, a 46-year-old computer science professor who has incurable pancreatic cancer.
It’s not that he’s in denial about the fact that he only has months to live, he told the 400 listeners packed into McConomy Auditorium on the campus, and the hundreds more listening to a live Web cast.
“What we’re not going to talk about today,” he continued, “is cancer, because I’ve spent a lot of time talking about that … and we’re not going to talk about things that are even more important, like my wife and [three preschool] kids, because I’m good, but I’m not good enough to talk about that without tearing up.”
Death is a cruel bitch and someday when I finally come face to face with it, I plan to kick him in the nuts.
Also? What the hell is up with there not being a cure for cancer yet? This is 2007 is it not?