• The Beastie Boys (Adam Yauch, left)

The Internet makes it easy for anyone and everyone to pitch in their two cents when someone famous dies, and for most of the day my Twitter account has been flooded (understandably) with links, comments, and reminiscences about Adam Yauch (aka MCA) of the Beastie Boys, who died this morning three years after being diagnosed with cancer in his salivary gland. I usually refrain from joining the chorus, because I don’t think there’s much reason to flap my gums unless I really have something to say. In this case, what I have to say is all about how much the Beastie Boys have meant to me over the years—even though I never really thought about it until today.