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
I thought it was big then. Too much of my childhood was spent in traffic jams on the Gulf Freeway.
Now Austin is about that size, while Houston has more than doubled in dimension to an estimated 2.2 million people.
People keep pouring in. Houston was the number one destination in the 2010 U-Haul National Migration Trend Report. It’s the second year in a row.
The report is compiled from U-Haul truck transactions for the year. For 2010, it’s compiled from 1.4 million transactions. The ranking uses destinations for do-it yourself movers traveling more than 50 miles, and considers every city in the country.
San Antonio and Austin were listed as the number six and number seven destination cities.
We all know Houston’s urban sprawl. We see similar sprawl in all of Texas’ 25 metros. While there are a few self-contained developments in Houston based on the New Urbanism movement of the last two decades, Houston’s legendary no zoning history as it spread over square mile after square mile is legendary.
And it’s a scene that’s been repeated ad nauseam for the past half-century. You see developments suddenly spring up in the middle of pasture and cropland. Streets are cut, a few houses go up, and then neighborhoods suddenly form, and you watch the land where cattle grazed or sorghum was harvested or rice irrigated begin to disappear, until suddenly it's only suburbs and houses and convenience stores and a few office parks. At the same time, you drive the thirty minutes or hour to work. As you go past the ship channel and refineries on one of the inner loops you see scores of abandoned industrial and commercial properties. The properties are ignored like old tattoos of times you barely remember. Buildings that once were I-beam frameworks not long ago now are out of style as broken lava lamps.
The city, like most Texas cities, spreads over the landscape. And spreads.
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