What’s the secret? How can I boil down things I do into pithy sentences that make myself sound as good as possible? Here goes: Be curious. Read widely. Try new things. I think a lot of what people call intelligence just boils down to curiosity.

Aaron Swartz was a name I’d seen many times in many different places, but until today, I had never really looked into him. I’m sorry I didn’t. He committed suicide yesterday. He was only 26 years old, and he did amazing things that have made a difference in my own life.

You can read about it on Wikipedia, a place he loved, or in his own words.