WASHINGTON, D.C.--Is Larry Ellison on road trip too?
You might not think of the nation's capital as a hotbed of technology, and you'd be right, for the most part. After all, this is the heart of American politics, and it's definitely a company town.
But sometimes tech and travel meet, and with Road Trip 2010, CNET reporter Daniel Terdiman has been sojourning in Washington the last few days looking for just that convergence.
He may have found it Tuesday. He was visiting the Lincoln Memorial and aiming his camera down the Reflecting Pool towards the Washington Monument and the Capitol when who should wander into his shot but the Oracle CEO, seen here, posing for a photo being taken by his assistant.
CNET attempted to find out what Ellison was doing in Washington, but before Terdiman could inquire, Ellison was gone. And Oracle didn't return two messages left Tuesday afternoon.
It's been a frenetic few days for the U.S. Supreme Court as its session winds down. On Monday, the court handed down a controversial Second Amendment ruling, along with a decision in a patent case that disappointed opponents of software patents; on Sunday night, Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's husband died; and Monday was the final day on the court for longtime Associate Justice John Paul Stevens. Meanwhile, President Obama's nominee to take Stevens' seat, Elena Kagan, was taking the stand for the first time in her confirmation hearings.
Despite all that activity, it was very calm outside the Supreme Court on Tuesday afternoon, allowing the building and what it represents to stand stolidly independent from the hoopla.
Thanks to several CNET readers, reporter Daniel Terdiman discovered the lovely Albert Einstein memorial, near the National Academy of Sciences. The sculpture is big enough that people can sit in Einstein's lap.
It may seem that a four-term president would merit a more impressive memorial in Washington than this one, but it was actually what Franklin Delano Roosevelt wanted.
This unassuming marker is located adjacent to the National Archives, and beside it there is a sign that reads:
"In September 1941 President Franklin Delano Roosevelt called his friend, Supreme Court Justice Frankfurter, to the White House and asked the Justice to remember the wish he then expressed:
"'If any memorial is erected to me, I know exactly what I should like it to be. I should like it to consist of a block about the size of this (putting his hand on his desk) and placed in the center of that green plot in front of the Archives Building. I don't care what it is made of, whether limestone or granite or whatnot. But I want it plain without any ornamentation, with simple carving, 'In memory of _______'"
"A small group of living associates of the president, on April 12, 1965, the twentieth anniversary of his death, fulfilled his wish by providing and dedicating this modest memorial."
Washington, D.C. license plates feature the slogan "Taxation Without Representation," a nod to the fact that while residents there pay taxes, they do not have a member of Congress. The District of Columbia does have three electoral votes in Presidential elections, and has a Congressional delegate who can be on the floor of the House and vote on procedural matters and in committee, but who is not allowed to vote for legislation on the floor.