I've lived through my fair share of internet lore in the last 15 years. Since 2001, Aaron's name kept popping up here and there; he belonged to that special pantheon of people whose genius is so clear, it makes other people despair that they will never, ever measure up to it. When I found out he was A FUCKING KID, well, it wasn't an easy day for my ego. His code was always, invariably fantastic; at a time when people were saying "Python will never match Java for raw performance", he (re)built Reddit to sustain inordinate amounts of traffic, and gave away the code for good measure. He kept contributing his flawless logic to umpteen projects, from Markdown to Django, helping them succeed with grace and selflessness. And then he started going really political, and damn, was he fighting all the good fights. A lot of people claim to be "talented" or be "good", but you could see he was the real deal. He was the sort of person I wanted to be if I only I could rewind my life 20 years and start again.