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.
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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
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Ranch Cow Skull. Photo by Karnegie Musa. Copyright 2011.
That’s what I saw as I drove several hours through Central Texas.
My passenger noticed the phenomenon first.
“Where’s the cows?” she said suddenly.
We looked. We drove by ranch after ranch. Stripped pastures. A few hay bales. Fewer horses. Dust. A few burned out places from wildfires. And more dust. It was disorienting. All looked so empty, as if something had happened to my depth perception, or the ability to perceive the spatial relationships of the range. The cattle were missing, but I don’t’ think rustlers are to blame. It feels like a way of life has vanished, at least for the present.
I kept driving and rubbernecking, looking for cattle as if I were in a ghost story happening in bleak, hot sunlight.
I finally saw two longhorns tied up to a fence post by a ranch house. That was it. I can’t remember a time when I didn’t see thousands of cattle grazing on these drives. The corrals looked like havens for ghosts.
The cattle selloff continues what started months ago. With no cattle, calves will be few to none this fall. Or next spring. Or next fall. Are you scared yet? No? Don’t worry, the story will become harsher in the coming months.
Enjoy the price of your steaks and hamburgers now.
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