Best Texas Songs: The Short List If you're new to Texas, you better know Texas music. If you grew up in Texas and you don't know at least these or Pat Green, Dixie Chicks or T Bone Burnett, may a horned toad snuggle in your boots and a Texas tarantula crawl across you when you sleep. Full Story » Alan Nelson
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
Photo by chief White House photographer Peter Souza
The iPhone smacked me on the forehead. It wasn't the first time.
Late in the afternoon, I saw a New York Times tweet regarding the attack on Osama Bin Laden.
After watching the news several hours before and after President Obama's announcement, I went to bed. Instead of reading a book from what has become a huge library on my phone, I continued to monitor the Bin Laden news.
When the iPhone smacked me back to wakefulness, it was with the now famous photograph shot by chief White House photographer Peter Souza. The revolution of the past few years hit me as I rubbed my face.
Over 150 years ago, our ancestors transitioned from the farm economy to the industrial revolution. Four years ago, the numbers came out showing over half the world now live in cities.
Now Facebook and Twitter were the tools used to change regimes in Egypt and Tunisia, and continue to change the Middle East with strife in Libya, Bahrain, Syria and other countries. Social media brings our news, our products, our services. A decade from now, an iPhone that hits you on the head as you fall to sleep will be old fashioned. Today, Sony deals with security breaches of its customers’ private information, TV ownership falls, and White Castle hamburger chain sells Cyber 'sliders—it accepts online orders at all locations. Tomorrow, we’ll expect to be amazed, and we will be.
To conclude, we’re wirelessly wired together now in a way in which we don’t fully understand. And I’m glad it wasn’t an iPad or a table PC that whacked me on the skull.
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