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Customs officials had wanted to return it to Iran... but frigid relations between Washington and Tehran kept it in bureaucratic limbo.
* A rhyton is a mythical beast with a lion's body and the head of a bird of prey.
- The History Channel is not here. I guess they were embarrassed about the whole Obama-is-a-devil thing. (Laughter.)
- I'm taking my charm offensive on the road — a Texas barbeque with Ted Cruz, a Kentucky bluegrass concert with Rand Paul, and a book-burning with Michele Bachmann. (Laughter and applause.)
- I'm also hard at work on plans for the Obama Library. And some have suggested that we put it in my birthplace, but I'd rather keep it in the United States. (Laughter.)
In today's Chronicle of Higher Education, Lingua Franca columnist Ben Yagoda compares the comic stylings of Obama with Kennedy. JFK's press conferences were used as a benchmark for presidential humor for decades. Yagoda notes a significant change over the years though:
The presidency has been subject to the show-bizzification of our public life... top politicians are now expected not only to acquire A-level material, but deliver it as if they’d put in their time trodding the boards at the Comedy Store. (It is kind of weird that the convention is that they do standup, as opposed to, say, singing...)
concern expressed that the product [Mendeley] would become too proprietary or commercial.
Victor Henning, CEO and co-founder of Mendeley said that remaining independent would have caused much more pressure to push revenue generation . Mendeley posted a detailed Q&A for users , providing details of the transition.
Mendeley, a London/New York based start-up founded in 2008, offers an open API, and has established a solid reputation for supporting open access initiatives, especially useful for research collaboration. All Mendeley employees will be hired by Elsevier.
Evolution may have trained the mind to see scoring streaks — even where they don't exist. Sports fans have cried foul for 25 years as scientists have dumped statistical ice water on basketball players' "hot hands." It seems obvious to even casual spectators that competitors occasionally score a bunch of baskets in a row and need to keep shooting while they're in the zone. Sorry, b-ball buffs. Researchers have yet to document any chance-defying scoring runs among even the best players. Kobe Bryant may well sink shot after shot, game in and game out, but even this all-star's season-long pattern of hits and misses fits within the mathematical definition of a random sequence, scientists say. Kobe's chances of hitting a shot are no greater following a swish than a miss.
Veni, Vidi, VISA: I came, I saw, I did a little shopping.