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
Texas Business reports: AUSTIN—Drafthouse Films, the film distribution arm of the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, acquired the North American rights to the crime thriller Graceland.
A Filipino crime saga, Graceland is about the corrupt underbelly of the Philippines' capital, exposing a world of deceit, exploitation, and startling depravity. Written and directed by Ron Morales, a veteran of Michael Clayton and The Departed, film depicts a desperate man's moral compromises amidst a tale of kidnapping gone wrong. A limited theatrical and VOD release is planned for 2013.
To fully realize his uncompromised vision of Manila's corrupt underworld, Morales largely financed his passion project with support from friends, family, and crowd-funding via Kickstarter. Graceland premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival.
The film is scheduled for its Texas premiere at this year's Fantastic Fest, running September 20 - 27.
“Our primary goal at Drafthouse Films is to search the globe for the greatest storytellers and breakout talent to expose to like-minded fans,” said Drafthouse Films chief executive Tim League in a prepared statement. “Last year we championed Michael Roskam's Bullhead to an Oscar nomination, and this year we have our sights on Ron Morales' Graceland.”
“GRACELAND is a challenging, uncompromising film,” Morales said. “We’re overjoyed that Drafthouse has chosen to add it to their stellar lineup of boundary-pushing titles. Their willingness to take a stand for edgy, powerful cinema proved to be the perfect match for us, and we're deeply honored to partner with them on this project.”
The deal was negotiated by James Emanuel Shapiro on behalf of Drafthouse Films and Glen Reynolds of Circus Road Films on behalf of the film's producer Rebecca Lundgren.
Drafthouse Films is the distribution arm of Alamo Drafthouse.
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