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: PLANO—Avalon, the newest world in the expanding Wizard101 universe is now live across KingsIsle's U.S. servers.
In Avalon, players will continue their epic quest in search of the treacherous villain Morganthe, attain new heights of power as they reach the rank of Archmage, and discover powerful spells and artifacts to bolster them on their heroic journey.
Avalon is a medieval world of knights and castles, fierce goblins and malevolent dragons. The main storyline draws inspiration from ancient Arthurian and Celtic mythologies. Wizards will traverse a land of green glades, ominous barricaded towers, and sinister foreboding woods.
“In Avalon, players will learn the secret history behind the most powerful Wizards in the Spiral,”said Todd Coleman, vice president and creative director at KingsIsle Entertainment. “Avalon is an epic addition to Wizard101 and represents a new plateau of challenge for our highest-level players.”
Six expansive Zones that contain 14 new areas to explore
The opportunity for players to reach level 80 and achieve the rank of Archmage
28 new spells of the highest magical order and utility; many introduce entirely new gameplay elements into Wizard101
Ancient legendary artifacts to uncover and powerful gear to craft and win
New pets and mounts, including level 78 pet quests for each school of magic
.KingsIsle Entertainment is a developer and publisher that specializes in multiplayer online games. Wizard101, KingsIsle's first flagship property, received the Parent Tested Parent Approved Media Seal of Approval in 2009 and has been recognized by the National Parenting Publications Awards. KingsIsle is headquartered in Plano, Texas.
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