Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Aaron Swartz In His Own Words

The U.S. Attorney's office has quietly dismissed charges against Internet freedom activist Aaron Swartz, who reportedly took his own life Friday.

People with short brilliant lives, like Swartz and, say, Jim Morrison... are they better off than those living lengthier, tortured existences?

International media has been following (although the story has been low on American MSM's totem pole of news) the suicide death of Aaron Swartz, the 26-year old Reddit co-founder, the genius who invented RSS. Some of the stories grow as tall as trees. New York Magazine issued a piece that cites Swartz's blog and tumblr.

New York goes on to quote from a 2007 talk Swartz gave, entitled "How to Get a Job Like Mine":::

(1) Be curious. Read widely. Try new things. I think a lot of what people call intelligence just boils down to curiosity.

(2) Say yes to everything. I have a lot of trouble saying no, to an pathological degree -- whether to projects or to interviews or to friends. As a result, I attempt a lot and even if most of it fails, I've still done something.

(3) Assume nobody else has any idea what they're doing either. A lot of people refuse to try something because they feel they don't know enough about it or they assume other people must have already tried everything they could have thought of. Well, few people really have any idea how to do things right and even fewer are to try new things, so usually if you give your best shot at something you'll do pretty well.

The Daily Beast ::: Swartz faced tough U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz and her assistant Stephen Heymann, who rejected any deal that did not involve a prison sentence—which may have helped drive the cyber programmer to despair.

Aaron Swartz’s Suicide Spurs Outrage at Prosecutors
Anonymous Hacked MIT’s Websites With Swartz Memorial

At MIT, Soul-Searching Follows in Swartz Case

'Open access' tributes to Aaron Swartz
San Francisco Chronicle-6 hours ago
How the Legal System Failed Aaron Swartz—And Us
-New Yorker (blog)-12 hours ago

Death is always sad. Did Swartz totally lose confidence in himself? Did he violate his own "character code"???
part of the Player Character Code is that you don’t give up when something seems impossible.

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