As the weekend was unfolding, so was the story about the tragic death of Aaron Swartz. Co-author of the RSS protocol, co-founder of Reddit, major force behind Creative Commons, one of the heroes of the free movement, a hacker and a builder. In his too short life, Aaron brought more people together, accomplished more than one can hope for in a life-time. Him being gone at the young age of 26 is a tragedy to his family and friends, but also to everyone who has used and will use the internet.
Many things have been written about his death, about the unjust prosecution that he had to endure and about his accomplishments. If anything, I encourage you to honor his life by reading about him, about his work, his life. Here are a few links where you can start.
Be curious. Read widely. Try new things. I think a lot of what people call intelligence just boils down to curiosity.
– Aaron Swartz, at the age of 21.
Rest in peace, Aaron.