love story for your life

I’m a fan of the idea of living your life on your own terms, finding or even stumbling your way to happiness, nurturing your creative spark, and insisting on keeping your positive attitude even in the face of your most obnoxious frienemies. So, yeah, I find Randy Pausch’s “Last Lecture” pretty inspiring. Pausch, who died last week from pancreatic cancer, was a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon University. Here is a nice mini-documentary about Pausch and his Last Lecture, which really is a love story for your life. (thanks for bringing this to my attention, Kirk!)

“If I don’t seem as depressed or morose as I should be, sorry to disappoint you.” – Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture


NASA’s birthday

It’s NASA’s birthday – 50 years (where has the time gone?). Find historic photos, videos and more at their website:

Below, see 50 Years of Exploration – Part 1

podcasting news

From The Wired News of The Chronicle of Higher Education:

“A patent application filed by an Apple employee details software that would capture video and slides from college lectures and automatically edit them into video podcasts.”

See the article here.

more about tweets

You may have read some of my previous posts about Twitter. It’s not for everyone, but it’s getting some attention in education circles. (Find a tutorial on how to tweet here.) I’d like to add a little bit of information here that’s local: Dr. Christopher Rice here at UK has a couple of blog entries about his own Twittering Tweets.

See other information about how Twitter is being used in a my previous entry.

fun with fonts

I always wondered how Wingdings ended up in my word processing software. See this College Humor video of the Font Conference and you’ll view Arial Narrow in a whole new way.

ideafestival 2008

It’s not too early to be thinking about IdeaFestival, scheduled this year for Sept. 25-27 in Louisville. Speakers include filmmakers, architects, scientists, authors, educators and more. Teller will be there to communicate the science and wonder of magic. Visit the IF website at If you’re going, tickets are available for individual presentations or  in an all-access pass form (with special pricing for students).

shall we play a game?

Can you hear this post’s title in a “computer voice”? Then you probably remember WarGames, possibly with great fondness. Remember when we were all just learning what to do with “home computers”?  A modem? Well, that’s just crazy cool, being able to talk to other computers over the phone! Little did we, the non-computer-literati of the world, know what was about to be unleashed upon us. We sensed that “learning about computers” would be a good thing … but we had no idea, really. In 1983, WarGames brought a taste of it to us. The celebrated “greatest geek movie ever” still brings a smile to my face. So this year marks the movie’s 25th anniversary, and it seems you can find it playing at a few screens and celebrations. Here’s a tribute in Wired, and if you never got a chance to see the movie, here are a few nifty scenes: Mr. Potatohead! Back doors are NOT secrets!, Shall we play a game? , and, of course, the only winning move is not to play.