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Memorial Hacknight

Python Office Hours is a beginner-friendly python meetup.

About Aaron Swartz

I didn't know Aaron, so I am not going to talk at length about him. To learn about him you should see the talks that memorialize him, read the essays. You should look through his own writings and talks.


Well good job, Fork Grabber


If you are moved by his life and death, if you are upset, inspired, and if you think, what can I do? I wish I could donate! Then take this time to think about the skills you have and how you can donate them to these things that move you.


from memorial talks at the internet archive

from 5 things

All academic research from all time should be made openly accessible to anyone with an internet connection

from closing

If you are a programmer you have special powers and responsibilities. You can do magic.

I can't remember where this one came from

fix the world mainly by clearly explaining it to people

Open Citizenship








The city of Chicago provides an excellent data portal, but the Cook County jail doesn't yet have a good data api. The cookcountyjail inmate tracker is a way to work around this problem. It runs jobs to scrape the website then provides an api for the scraped data. There's a Saturday workshop for it.

What to do

Once we identify projects, we can identify tasks

example tasks

Aaron's code and code he has contributed to

You can look at his github account to see the repositories in it. some are listed below. when this was on pirate pad, a few people wrote in suggestions.

Some other projects that aren't in his github account or website


codersquid commented Feb 12, 2013

Jonathon Eisen is a science blogger an an openaccess advocate. He joined up with PhD Comics author to produce an illustrated video explaining open access. What is open access?.

He also has insightful and touching posts that I want to recommend:

10 things you can do to REALLY support #OpenAccess #PDFTribute

A post from Jonathon Eisen on ways scientists can work to support openaccess.

I wrote a post earlier today in relation to the #PDFTribute movement: Ten simple ways to share PDFs of your
papers #PDFtribute. I wrote it largely to give people an outlet and information and ideas about how to better share
PDFs of their academic work. I think the more people share the better.

However, I also got shit from my brother Michael - co founder of PLoS on Twitter about how this is partly a "feel
good" action. I do think he underestimates the surge of anger over the death of Aaron Swartz and the momentum
right now in the semi-civil disobedience being seen in the #PDFTribute movement. But I also think he is right in
part. So, I thought I would follow up with suggestions for what people should do in the future to really support full
and open access to the academic literature.

Suicide of someone going through an investigation is also a very personal thing for him. A day to think, to pause, to ponder

Today is not an easy day for me.

I pause today to think about a person in my life. A person who was dedicated to science and discovery and
improving the human condition. A person who was idealistic and sensitive and also had some mental health
issues. A person who was pushed over the edge by an overly aggressive, misguided investigation. A person
who became lost in some sort of downward spiral triggered by this investigation. A person who then took their
own life and in one moment created a catastrophic ripple in the world around them.


codersquid commented Feb 13, 2013

LobyPlag tracks trail of lobbyists to laws in the eu

See which changes proposed by lobbyists went straight into amendments by EU Committee members on the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Compare the lobbyists requests and the committee members proposals. Learn which impact the changes would have on the protection of your data. Background-Article for this project by Richard Gutjahr (German).


codersquid commented Oct 10, 2013

Hyperbole and a Half wrote adventures in Depression Part Two. If you want to understand how a lot of people experience depression, read this. At different times in my life I have felt almost exactly the same.

choice quotes:

"My fish are dead"

"We should get together this weekend and make fun little finger puppets out of them!"

"No, see, I don't necessarily want to kill myself... I just want to become dead somehow."

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