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: The independent feature film, “Masquerade”, is hiring cast members, according to the Texas Film Commission.
Project Type: Independent Short
Production Company: Axios Studios
Shooting Location: Austin
Start Date: Friday, May 25, 2012
Shooting Schedule: 3 Days
Producer(s): Blake Weaver
Director: Nathan Bayless
Writer(s): Nathan Bayless
HUSBAND - Mid 20s to mid30s. A nice, collected, likeable guy with a secret buried beneath his pleasant exterior.
WIFE - Mid 20s to mid 30s. A homebody in a confusing state of rapidly deteriorating marital bliss, she slowly realizes her husband may not be who he says he is.
DRUMMER - Any age. A street performer with aspirations of making it big, but his true reason for playing night after night is his simple and undying love of music itself. Must be able to play on both bucket and on full kit at audition.
GIRL - 20s. Beautiful and vulnerable, she has a breakthrough that borders on spiritual awakening upon connecting with Mike.
MIKE - 20s. Good-looking, strong, and confident, at least on the outside, a shallow cover that gives way to something more real as he opens himself up to the Girl.
FRIEND - Mid 20s to mid 30s. Somewhat sarcastic friend of the Husband who demands the truth of what’s going on.
KID – 15 to 18. Small-framed, withdrawn high school student who feels isolated and afraid, especially around his Dad.
DAD - Mid 40s to 50s. A strong and conservative ex-military figure who loves his son but has a difficult time expressing it and struggles to deal with information he recently learned about his son.
EXTRAS - Unpaid.
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