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
Dang it, people still mix mathematics with theology. It’s not a good combination and will only lead to the predictable extrapolation about one of our innate interests – the end of everything.
Yep, this Saturday marks the latest end of the world. I’ve seen a few end of the world dates over the years. After Saturday, the next end of the world is scheduled for 2012.
The earliest one in my memory was in 1975. An acquaintance preached to me in 1974 how the world would end the next year. It was annoying. The calculating part of my mind had several plans that required the world to survive beyond that time. But 1975 came and went, and it wasn't till 1976 when I crossed paths with her again that she had a new end of the world date.
We're a bit desensitized because we see all the disasters on our screens and phones. Wildfires, tornadoes, Fukushima, the Gulf Oil Spill, the flooding Mississippi, earthquakes, tsunamis. A comet hit the sun the other day. And we’re all tied together by glitches in cloud computing.
And the predictable end of the world predictions come and go by as part of our culture.This time the Family Radio Worldwide is the entity that spent millions in advertising the latest end of the world. No matter the world didn’t end September 6, 1994 as Family Radio Worldwide predicted before. Though that day was the end for author James Clavell (Shogun) and Rolling Stones pianist Nicky Hopkins.
Not surprisingly, Family Life Radio, an entity with a name similar to Family Radio Worldwide, put out a statement to say it didn't believe the end of the world would be Saturday.
There seems to be a longing by many for this end. You certainly wouldn’t have to worry about retirement, climate warming, the debt ceiling or the Texas budget. Rising health care costs? Not a problem. Energy costs? Don’t be troubled. Immigration? Not an issue after Saturday.
On the other hand, I’d be irritated about not seeing the Dallas Mavericks through this round of the playoffs.
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