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Slide 2

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.