Tribute To Randy Pausch
eben.eliason at gmail.com
Fri Aug 15 11:56:42 EDT 2008
I had the opportunity to study under Randy during his last year at the
Entertainment Technology Center, before Jesse (formerly of Disney
Imagineering) took over. His Building Virtual Worlds course was the
most time consuming yet most rewarding educational experience I've
ever had. He was an amazing teacher, as well as a fun-loving and
charismatic person. He will surely be missed.
I haven't personally experimented with Alice, but I have seen it in
action and it looks like a pretty valuable tool for those just
learning to think like a programmer, without the need to overcome the
syntax hurdle. However, it's also a fairly dense UI (lots of stuff on
screen), so there may be some issues making everything legible on our
smaller screens. I'm also not sure how well the XO will handle the
real-time 3D rendering, but some experimentation with this would be
On Fri, Aug 15, 2008 at 9:31 AM, Greg Smith <gregsmitholpc at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi All,
> I'd like to take a moment to respectfully mark the passing of Randy Pausch.
> I wasn't aware of him before he died but it looks like his work
> (http://download.srv.cs.cmu.edu/~pausch/Randy/oldRandyPage.html) was
> very relevant for our project. It seems like he was one of "us" (not
> that I'm of the same caliber).
> Has anyone used Alice: http://www.alice.org/ and is it something we
> should consider for the XO?
> I like his focus on entertainment and fun in the educational process. I
> think the XO would benefit from more excitement and pizazz in our
> Greg S
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