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
Brittney Griner led the Baylor Bears to a 40-0 perfect season. Photo by Karnegie Musa. Copyright 2012.
Griner Time. That is the name of a phenomenon that burst on our national awareness three years ago.
Griner Time is defined as that miserable second half of a game lost in the first half. If you followed basketball at all this last season, you saw a 40-0 streak for the first time in college sports. The old saying is the game’s not over till it’s over. That old saying is now amended to the game’s not over till it’s over, unless you’re playing Brittney Griner. Then it’s over by the first half.
When you oppose such a phenomenon as Brittney Griner, time in the second half slows down from its normal speed to something without movement, something without succor, something that brings echoes of eternal damnation because it’s miserable, painful and never seems to stop.
The 20 minutes on the clock for the second half is both illusion and delusion when the game is already lost. The first half was the game. Sometimes the first five minutes was the game.
A corollary of Griner Time is that the bench gets to play a great deal. The bench saw floor time in more winning games than most starters did in the land. The bench even played in the NCAA tourney, game after game. That heightens the misery. The bench is on the floor playing your team in a game lost back in what feels like the age of dinosaurs. Griner Time functions like a catastrophic shift such as the asteroid that hit the Gulf of Mexico 65 million years ago, or a volcanic explosion near Pompeii. With Griner Time, you find yourself in an environment that feels like you’re the next species to become extinct.
Griner Time can be applied to many economic events. Look back to 2008. The Fed had to innovate to replace the failed banking system. We lived through the Bear Stearns Bailout, the Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae Bailout, the Lehman Brothers Bankruptcy which triggered a global recession, the nationalization of the insurance giant AIG which insured credit default swaps, the credit market freeze, the end of investment banking in a real sense, the 2008 stock market crash, the $700 billion bailout remembered as the TARP program, and of course, the holes that we dug in Afghanistan and Iraq and poured billions as though the United States had infinite wealth. That all happened before November 3, 2008, when Obama won the presidency.
Somebody’s bench is playing us on the court during the last 20 minutes. It feels like 20 centuries. It’s Griner Time.
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