I'm not trying to incite another flame war about the system banner and whether the powers that be should have started using it for tributes. But I thought we as a community could find other ways to pay tribute to the man independent of Stack Exchange Internet Services. Tim O'Reilly has arbitrarily declared that October 30th should be Dennis Ritchie day. I mean its an arbitrary thing setup by an arbitrary person, but I thought it might give the community another opportunity to do this right.
Is there something we could do to pay our respects as a community? Could a community member knowledgeable/familiar with Dennis Ritchie write a reflective blog post and get it posted on the Stack Overflow blog? Could we make a donation to a charity such as Engineers Without Borders or the Computer History Museum as Stack Overflow in memory of Dennis Ritchie?
I'm curious if there's anything we as a community can do that would be a nice gesture to communicate our expression of loss/grief at losing such a great man.