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: A Las Vegas-based company bought a Texas wind firm, officials announced.
Here Enterprises Inc., a developer of wind energy, acquired its first wind energy development project.
The acquisition of Cycle Ranch Inc. of Texas was completed early this year, and the Nevada company is developing a wind farm on the Cycle Ranch site in conjunction with its operating commercial motocross speedway business.
“The strategy of Here Enterprises is to co-locate wind energy facilities with commercial businesses in order to generate cash flow from the production of clean energy as well as from the businesses operating onsite’ said Here chief executive Mark Ryun in a prepared statement. “The acquisition of Cycle Ranch is a significant accomplishment for our company and we are extremely pleased to have identified and secured this project.”
Here Enterprises entered into an agreement to become the sole shareholder of ABS Land Company, Inc. and Cycle Ranch, Inc., and the owner of 99 percent limited partnership interest of Cycle Ranch Management, Ltd., making them wholly-owned subsidiaries of the company.
The newly acquired subsidiaries now referred to as Cycle Ranch Inc., own and operate the land and business of Cycle Ranch Motocross Park, one of the top five motocross tracks in the nation.
Cycle Ranch is located near Floresville. Here Enterprises plans to develop a wind farm on the property which hosts an established motocross speedway each week.
Here Enterprises is engaged in planning, developing, acquiring and operating wind farms in the United States to generate clean, profitable wind energy.
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