Every Tuesday,Diane, at Bibliophile By the Sea, hosts First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros. She shares the first paragraph or ( a few) of a book she is reading or thinking about reading soon. Head over to her blog and link up a post of the first chapter first paragraph of your current read.
Today I will start to read this one. It has been on my reading list since I first discovered that Jai had written a book. I loved The Last Lecture by her husband, Randy Pausch.
Dream New Dreams - Jai Pausch
Crown Archtype , an imprint of Crown Publishing
Division of Random House 2012
Living the Dream
"So I can pick up the block and throw it?" Randy asked incredulously. He was learning about computer graphic research at The University of North Carolina, where I was working while studying for my PhD exams in comparative literature. Randy was a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh researching virtual reality and human-computer interaction, Standing in the virtual reality lab, he looked like a thirty-seven-year-old kind playing a Wii video game, game controller in hand. Instead of viewing the computer-generated world on a television mounted on a wall, he was looking at a screen inside a specialized helmet. Nowadays, many Americans are familiar with holding a device to make objects or avatars move within a video game. But fourteen years ago, this technology was not yet mainstream, nor was it a game, rather it was an experiment to see how compelling virtual reality could be. In this demonstration , throwing the block was not part of the program's functions, but Randy didn't know that, and he was asking a million questions. I had noticed his inquisitiveness earlier in the morning as we toured each part of the virtual reality lab. Walking beside him, I could tell he was genuinely interested in our research, soaking it all in. It was obvious to me that he was smart. What else would you expect of a Carnegie Mellon professor? But Randy was surprisingly down-to-earth. When I had first met him that morning, and in previous e-mails, he insisted I call him Randy, not Dr. Pausch. He had no need to stand on ceremony or demand acknowledgment of his title, which was a very refreshing change for the norm in academia. I felt instantly comfortable with him even after having only just met him. And I wanted to get to know him better.
This is a really long first paragraph, but would you read on? Do you know Randy Pausch's story? Have your read The Last Lecture ?
Until next time
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