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—During the opening remarks of the 2011 Austin Film Festival (AFF) it was announced that veteran director Jonathan Lynn (My Cousin Vinny, The Whole Nine Yards) has signed on to helm Jasper Milliken, a story written by Julie Howe that won the Best Comedy Screenplay Award in the 2010 AFF Screenplay Competition.
Lynn will work closely with Howe to continue shaping the creative direction of the movie until filming begins the second quarter of 2012.
Earlier this year Howe signed a deal with Experience Media Studios to produce the award-winning screenplay, and has since expanded the team to include Sony Pictures Entertainment based producers Alex Siskin (Big Daddy, Mr. Deeds) and Joyce San Pedro (an AFF judge and panelist).
“We are very excited to have Jonathan bring his talent, vast experience, and comic sensibility to this movie,” said Michael-Ryan Fletchall, chief executive of Experience Media Studios. “With a charming and witty script by a very talented writer, a veteran comedy director, and a our producing partners, we know we have a winning team to make something very special for the big screen.”
Jasper Milliken is a quirky feature length comedy about a psychic orphan whose odd predictions derail a crooked deal that lands him in hot water with the egotistical mayor of his newly adopted town.
Jonathan Lynn is represented by Gersh agent Sandra Lucchesi and manager Mike Marcus, and Julie Howe is represented by attorney Matthew Saver.
Experience Media Studios is a privately held next-generation global entertainment media company launched in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates in 2009, and expanded to North America in 2010. The company specializes in movie and television show investments, development, creation, management, licensing and distribution across all current and emerging media and platforms. In March, the company will release Carmel-by-the-Sea, starring Lauren Bacall, Josh Hutcherson, Alfred Molina, and Hayden Panettiere.
The Austin Film Festival (AFF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to furthering the art and craft of filmmaking by inspiring and championing the work of screenwriters, filmmakers, and all artists who use the language of film to tell a story.
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