So this is a scary talk for me, for at least three different reasons. First, I’m very cautious about standing in Randy Pausch’s shoes. While we were only a year apart in age, I’m not dying. I also have enormous respect for his message, and I want to respect his memory.
Second, while I’m used to giving talks to a University audience, they’re usually on subjects on which I am an expert. I’m one of the top people in the world in synchronization and concurrency, but not on the things I’ll be talking about tonight. There’s a good chance there will be people in the audience who know more about some of this than I do.
Third, I’ll be talking about the need to do things that I myself haven’t done, and that’s a humbling sort of confession to be making in front of an audience.