Out of 26 million Texans, you may have an idea to change the world. You may have had several ideas to change the world. But only a tiny minority of you pushed through the U.S. Patent office from application to successful patent. We've seen Texans change the world many times over. Jack Kilby did it with Texas Instruments in 1958 with the integrated circuit, causing the start of the digital revolution, which, in part, is why you can read these words over your electronic device.
Over the last few years, Texas Business has brought its feature: Texas Business Patent of the Day. This list is of the ones that were either extremely clever, odd or strange. One thing becomes apparent from these patents and the patent that runs daily in Texas Business—Texans have a unique mind set.
Though the history of the Corn Dog is disputed, the State Fair of Texas claims to have introduced the Corny Dog sometime between 1938 and 1942. As a paean to that invention that now sits in the freezer section of every grocery store in the southwest, here are the fried foods the State Fair of Texas has introduced, or tried to introduce, in the last seven years.
Don't get caught up with John Wayne religion. For one thing, he's not Texan. He's in some fine movies involving Texas, most notably The Searchers, but none of his movies can make the best cut of Texas movies. Here's the short list.
Unsung Texas Business Journalists Mention that one is a reporter, and there's a spark of interest. Mention that one is a business news reporter, and watch the eyes glaze over. Except to the players, business and economic journalists are unappreciated. While many wish to become sports reporters when they grow up, most do not realize that business journalists cover the Real Game. Mention that reporter covers business, and watch the eyes glaze over. A toast to these below on the short list and the numerous unnamed ones slogging away. Full Story » TexasBusiness.com
Best Texas Mexican Food: The Short List No, we're not going to debate the difference between Tex-Mex, Mex-Tex, Mexican and Texican food. Just know these establishments are the pinnacle of Texas Mexican fare. No brag, just fact. Full Story » TexasBusiness.com
Best Texas Burgers Texas Burgers. . While a hamburger is merely sustenance and gratification for a meal, the memory a good Texas burger can give rise to Homeric odes. The short list. Full Story » TexasBusiness.com
Some call it an Aggie joke, but I’m afraid the joke will be on the Big 12.
Last summer we saw the Big 12 almost fly apart. But the solution to the problem, more television revenue, seems to have just been a temporary bandage. As many already try to sort out the confusion raised by possibilities of realignments, others are calling for status quo.
The grumbling and griping has risen for the last 12 months over the Longhorn Network. Last week, the NCAA ruled no high school football games will be broadcast over conference media networks. Texas Tech said no to broadcasting the UT-Tech game over the Longhorn Network despite cajoling from ESPN.
It remains to be seen how true the pronouncement by Brad Dickson, a columnist for the Omaha World-Herald, will prove. Dickson said The Longhorn Network is to the Big 12 what Yoko was to the Beatles.
At the same time, a faction of Texans is pushing for University of Houston to leap into the Big 12 when others are calling for Brigham Young University.
There’s been dissatisfaction among Aggies that their fate was tied to whatever UT wants, UT gets. Texas Tech has been glancing over to the West.
The Aggies decided to bolt to the Southeastern Conference. The SEC tabled that possibility, for now. With that breathing space, political strings are being yanked.
A hearing today is in the Texas House Committee on Higher Education. The talking point being put forth is that it’s in the best interest of the state of Texas for the Big 12 to stay together, and then somehow to convince Texas A&M with threats, promises and concessions. Big 12 Commissioner Dan Beebe plans to attend the hearing.
This may be an Aggie joke, but like all good jokes, the surprise will be the punch line.
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