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(From a few years ago.)

So a patient went in for a snip …

Doctor: Have you ever had major surgery before?
Patient: Nope.
Doctor: I can see that you’re lying to me. You have had major surgery.
Patient: What are you talking about, doc? Seriously, I’ve never had major surgery.
Doctor: You’ve had a circumcision.
Patient: But I didn’t think that was major surgery.
Doctor: Really? I bet you didn’t walk for a year afterward!


Thank you Martin and faculty. I am both honored and happy to be here. And congratulations to the Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley graduating class!

As far as I know, I only have one recurring dream. It’s a nightmare that goes like this: It’s senior finals week, and I’ve completely forgotten to attend a couple of classes — I’ve not done the assignments, not taken the tests, and so am not going to graduate. It astounds me that this nightmare still scares me some twenty years on. …


(Originally written in 2013)

Promised my dad, who passed away last week (see other post), that I would share his top ten favorite movies:

  • An Affair to Remember
  • Broken Arrow
  • Continental Divide
  • The American President
  • Breaking Free
  • The Christmas Card
  • A Holiday Romance
  • Tears in the Rain
  • Broken Lullaby
  • Friendly Persuasion
  • To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Casablanca
  • Roman Holiday
  • Dave

[Originally written in 2013]

We lost my dad peacefully last week after a multi-year battle with Alzheimer’s. While his personality remained intact and he still knew his family, the prognosis was such that this outcome was the best thing for him and for the family. It’s been great that the family came together to be with dad over these few weeks. …


Abstract: We have had the great fortune of working in a profoundly and broadly impactful discipline during its formative years, learning our craft from some of its giants. While I am far less adept at seeing and shaping the future than most of you, I can bear witness to what it takes for a technology to successfully impact business. In this talk, I will share insights from 25 years of entrepreneurship.

CMU Computer Science Department. At the risk of opening with one of those “I used to have to walk through a mile of snow”, when I arrived at CMU…

Scott Dietzen

Entrepreneur, philanthropist and outdoor enthusiast

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