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Little Booger & Marketing a Market
Little Booger & Marketing a Market
Little Booger Creek was renamed to satisfy a mediocre marketing impulse.  Full Story »
Alan Nelson

Doctor, My Brain Hurts Because I Love & Hate Football | abil_txbz, amar_txbz. aust_txbz, beau_pta_txbz, brn_har_txbz, colsta_bry_txbz, corp_chr_txbz,  dal_ftw_txbz, elp_txbz, hou_txbz, kil_tem_fth_txbz, lar_txbz, lngv_txbz, lub_txbz, mca_edi_miss_txbz, mid_txbz, odes_txbz, sanang_txbz, sanant_txbz, shrm_den_txbz,  txrkn_txbz, tyl_txbz, vic_txbz, wac_txbz, wicfal_txbz,
Doctor, My Brain Hurts Because I Love & Hate Football
How impolite and politically incorrect to complain about head injuries in football. Why, it could destroy a way of life.  Full Story »
Alan Nelson

Tennis? If It Ain't a Type of Football, Don't Expect Top Money in Texas | abil_txbz, amar_txbz. aust_txbz, beau_pta_txbz, brn_har_txbz, colsta_bry_txbz, corp_chr_txbz,  dal_ftw_txbz, elp_txbz, hou_txbz, kil_tem_fth_txbz, lar_txbz, lngv_txbz, lub_txbz, mca_edi_miss_txbz, mid_txbz, odes_txbz, sanang_txbz, sanant_txbz, shrm_den_txbz,  txrkn_txbz, tyl_txbz, vic_txbz, wac_txbz, wicfal_txbz,
Tennis? If It Ain't a Type of Football, Don't Expect Top Money in Texas

In economic terms, you could say Texas sports are one of the most brutal market demostrations. 

I doubt you've read anything about it.  Despite the rise of  affluent state UIL, university, and high school PR professionals, the numbers of sports writers in this state that work for news organizations took a nose dive along with the rest of the reporting staffs. 

 Full Story »
Alan Nelson

Non Sequiturs Don't Exist Anymore.  | abil_txbz, amar_txbz. aust_txbz, beau_pta_txbz, brn_har_txbz, colsta_bry_txbz, corp_chr_txbz,  dal_ftw_txbz, elp_txbz, hou_txbz, kil_tem_fth_txbz, lar_txbz, lngv_txbz, lub_txbz, mca_edi_miss_txbz, mid_txbz, odes_txbz, sanang_txbz, sanant_txbz, shrm_den_txbz,  txrkn_txbz, tyl_txbz, vic_txbz, wac_txbz, wicfal_txbz,
Non Sequiturs Don't Exist Anymore.
Google Map Coordinate is the latest demostration of your existence as mere intellectual property.  Full Story »
Alan Nelson

Apologies to Kafka | Kafka, economics, gigantic cockroach, Metamorphosis,

Franz Kafka
Apologies to Kafka

One morning Texas awoke from uneasy dreams to find itself transformed into a gigantic cockroach of intentional ignorance. 

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Alan Nelson

The Opposite of 'Serendipity' | social theory, economic theory, wind, falling pants,
The Opposite of 'Serendipity'

Let’s face it.  Some days at work are rough days. Some days at work are surreal days.  Some days at work fall outside what can be normally processed through your mind’s logic circuits. Some days exist far beyond what social and economic organizational theories argue. 

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Alan Nelson

Signs the World Ended in Texas in 2012.   | Signs the World Ended in Texas in 2012,
Signs the World Ended in Texas in 2012.
Dang it.  I guess the Mayans got it right, at least about Texas.  Full Story »
Alan Nelson

A thousand political scientists cry out in the abyss.  | Nate Silver, ignorance, education, scientific method,
A thousand political scientists cry out in the abyss.
The presidential election is a dramatic illustration of the power of Real Math versus faith, political desires and wishful thinking.  Full Story »
Alan Nelson

RGIII:  A Market Force That Makes Texans Cheer For Hated Beltway Boys | RGIII, abil_txbz, amar_txbz. aust_txbz, beau_pta_txbz, brn_har_txbz, colsta_bry_txbz, corp_chr_txbz,  dal_ftw_txbz, elp_txbz, hou_txbz, kil_tem_fth_txbz, lar_txbz, lngv_txbz, lub_txbz, mca_edi_miss_txbz, mid_txbz, odes_txbz, sanang_txbz, sanant_txbz, shrm_den_txbz,  txrkn_txbz, tyl_txbz, vic_txbz, wac_txbz, wicfal_txbz,
RGIII: A Market Force That Makes Texans Cheer For Hated Beltway Boys
The magic that brought a rebirth of Downtown Waco and a $250 million stadium to a private university pulls Texans into the Beltway.   Full Story »
Alan Nelson

The Gallows Humor of Madness | dogma, science,
The Gallows Humor of Madness
The abandonment of evidence-based decisions for faith-based will undermine, and eventually destroy, the Texas economy.  Full Story »
Alan Nelson

Vanishing Texas Bookstores   | books, Texas, business,
Vanishing Texas Bookstores
As technology continues, you see the cliched paradigm shift.  Texas bookstores are vanishing into cyberspace.  Full Story »
Alan Nelson

Shoes, Sales and Ultimate Schemes | Ponzi, Allen Stanford, Mexia, shoes, sales, schemes,
Shoes, Sales and Ultimate Schemes
From a small fitness club that failed, to the proponent of a $7 billion Ponzi scheme, one Texan spun a Texas-size career. Full Story »
Alan Nelson

Helium: How :"Ka-ching" Replaced Strategy   | helium, amar_txbz, National Helium Reserve, Hindenburg, science, technology,
Helium: How :"Ka-ching" Replaced Strategy

Remember when sucking helium out of a balloon to make your voice squeak like a cartoon was funny?  That may become a bitter, expensive joke in your lifetime.

 Full Story »
Alan Nelson

Infinite States of Texas, But You Live In Only One | Bryan Greene, multiverse, quantum mechanics, number theory, finite, infinite, economy, Texas, economics,
Infinite States of Texas, But You Live In Only One
According to physicist Bryan Greene there are infinite numbers of Texas, infinite numbers of Texas exactly the same, and infinite numbers of Texas with slight to radical variations. So how come you live in this one?  Full Story »
Alan Nelson

Windmills And Texas Heat | wind farm, green energy, heat, NASA, surface temperature,
Windmills And Texas Heat
A NASA study on wind farms disturbs an already heat-wary Texas.  Full Story »
Alan Nelson

The Marketing Force of Unusual Texas Mascots | wampus cat, kangaroo, goat, gobbler, hippos,
The Marketing Force of Unusual Texas Mascots
A mascot, which most school boards don’t understand, is a powerful marketing force. Full Story »
Alan Nelson

Sam Hurt of Austin is an Unappreciated Genius | Sam Hurt, Eyebeam, Ratliff, Hank, Hank the Hallucination, Studmuffins, IM4U, Austin, Krazy Kat, George Herriman,
Sam Hurt of Austin is an Unappreciated Genius
Why doesn't the world come knocking on Sam Hurt's door? The world is a buffoon and an ass.  Full Story »
Alan Nelson

Commercial Space Age: Houston, We Have Problem, But is It A Good Problem, Or Bad? | Space,final frontier,Neil deGrasse Tyson,Johnson Space Center, Captain Kirk, Captain Picard, Jack O'Neil, Jack O'Neill, Stargate,SpaceX,
Commercial Space Age: Houston, We Have Problem, But is It A Good Problem, Or Bad?

Houston, we have a problem.  The question: Is it a good problem, or a bad problem?


 Full Story »
Alan Nelson

Old Texas Pickup Soliloquy   | pickup, pickup truck, vehicle,
Old Texas Pickup Soliloquy
I see an old pickup and feel a twang.  It’s a twang of longing, of nostalgia, of my Heart’s Desire.  Full Story »
Alan Nelson

VOIP Phone Blues.  | Time Warner, Sucker, Real Deal, Discount, Opposite Day,
VOIP Phone Blues.
What A Deal We've Got For You. Don't Cry. It's Discounted So You Pay Slightly More Than Twice As Much. Full Story »
Alan Nelson

Griner Time.  | Griner, Brittney Griner, economy, misery, 40-0,
Griner Time.
A name for the phenomena that accompanies long, neverending misery in both the sports and economic arenas. Full Story »
Alan Nelson

A Texas Capitalist Raised a Marxist Socialist | Bernard Rapoport, Russian, capitalist, Karl Marx, Texas,

Bernard Rapoport in 1988
A Texas Capitalist Raised a Marxist Socialist
The Texas business world was saddened by Bernard Rapoport's death.  Take a look at a snapshot of his life in 1988.  Full Story »
Alan Nelson

Rise of the Legal Machine   | algorithm, lawyer, ai, evolution, revolution, artificial intelligence, mathematics, software, computer, Alan Turing,
Rise of the Legal Machine
Do Robot Lawyers Dream Of Electric Sheepskins?  Full Story »
Alan Nelson

More Important Than Oil   | water, drought, desert, science, economics, diminish, water table, aquifer,
More Important Than Oil
Water water is not everywhere, and there's definitely not enough to drink.  Full Story »
Alan Nelson

500,000 | 500,000, Texas Business, 500000,
500,000
A half-million. That's the number of visitors, or readers, Texas Business had the last 12 months.  Full Story »
Alan Nelson

Maybe The Mayans Got It Right About 2012 | Dublin, Dr Pepper, Dublin Dr Pepper, Foots Clements, Bill Kloster,

Gone. Gone. Gone.
Maybe The Mayans Got It Right About 2012
Sign of the Apocalypse: Dublin Dr Pepper is gone, unexpectedly, and the wrath rises.  Full Story »
Alan Nelson

A Heisman Trophy Is A Golden Egg-Laying Goose By Another Name | Robert Griffin III, Drayton McLane, Baylor University, economics, Heisman,
A Heisman Trophy Is A Golden Egg-Laying Goose By Another Name
What is the value of a Heisman Trophy? One Texas university is discovering the answer. Full Story »
Alan Nelson

Craig James & ESPN Do Not Control The Heisman Trophy, Yet   | Heisman Trophy,
Craig James & ESPN Do Not Control The Heisman Trophy, Yet
Despite the Big Business of College Football, Pure Sport Still Can Prevail. Full Story »
Alan Nelson

Dread Of A China Moon | Moon, Armstrong, Neil Armstrong, China, Texas, wane, wax, obsolete, eclipse,
Dread Of A China Moon
A symbol shines in the night sky of what we once were.  If that symbol changes to a bitter meaning, our fortunes will change.  Full Story »
Alan Nelson

The Long Journey To Unlucky Game Seven  | Texas Rangers, World Series, Game Seven,
The Long Journey To Unlucky Game Seven
Close, but Seven was not the lucky number.   Full Story »
Alan Nelson

Texas Rangers: The Drought Continues  | abil_txbz, amar_txbz. aust_txbz, beau_pta_txbz, brn_har_txbz, colsta_bry_txbz, corp_chr_txbz,  dal_ftw_txbz, elp_txbz, hou_txbz, kil_tem_fth_txbz, lar_txbz, lngv_txbz, lub_txbz, mca_edi_miss_txbz, mid_txbz, odes_txbz, sanang_txbz, sanant_txbz, shrm_den_txbz,  txrkn_txbz, tyl_txbz, vic_txbz, wac_txbz, wicfal_txbz, World Series, Texas Rangers, baseball,
Texas Rangers: The Drought Continues

The Rangers came within one strike of winning the World Series during the ninth and tenth innings.

Unfortunately, Game 6 had 11 innings. 

 Full Story »
Alan Nelson

Let The Chipmunks Fall Where They May | Hank The Cowdog, John R. Erickson,
Let The Chipmunks Fall Where They May
With great anticipation, I await the next incarnation of Hank The Cowdog on the big screen.  Full Story »
Alan Nelson

Which Texas Do You Live In?  | Charles Dickens, Creationism, Fundamentalism, Texas,
Which Texas Do You Live In?
With apologies to Charles Dickens, Texas is a Tale of Two States.  Full Story »
Alan Nelson

A Ranch To Call Our Own. | population, ranch, Texas, demographic,
A Ranch To Call Our Own.
Texas is big, but Texas is not immune to the pressure of numbers.  Full Story »
Alan Nelson

Texas Firefighter | firefighter,
Texas Firefighter
Firefighting may be an adventure.  Much too much an adventure.  Full Story »
Alan Nelson

Steve Jobs Dies, Steve Jobs Lives. | Jobs, Apple, ipad, iphone, pixar, ipod, itunes,

Steve Jobs at the WWDC 07
Steve Jobs Dies, Steve Jobs Lives.
Steve Jobs intertwined his company and ideas with our daily lives through his products and through his influence on competitors' products. A toast to a legend.  Full Story »
Alan Nelson

Cows:  An Economic Ghost Story   | Cattle, economic ghost story, ghost story, drought, harsh, selloff,
Cows: An Economic Ghost Story
Drought. More Drought. An Abundance of Drought.  An Oversupply of Drought and an scarcity of cattle.  Full Story »
TexasBusiness.com

The Year Texas Burns
The Year Texas Burns
Bigger than the Big 12 problem.  Bigger than an agribusiness problem.  Full Story »
Alan Nelson

Big 12 Seeks To Avoid Butt Of Serious Aggie Joke | abil_txbz, amar_txbz. aust_txbz, beau_pta_txbz, brn_har_txbz, colsta_bry_txbz, corp_chr_txbz,  dal_ftw_txbz, elp_txbz, hou_txbz, kil_tem_fth_txbz, lar_txbz, lngv_txbz, lub_txbz, mca_edi_miss_txbz, mid_txbz, odes_txbz, sanang_txbz, sanant_txbz, shrm_den_txbz,  txrkn_txbz, tyl_txbz, vic_txbz, wac_txbz, wicfal_txbz
Big 12 Seeks To Avoid Butt Of Serious Aggie Joke
Some call it an Aggie joke, but I'm afraid the joke will be on the Big 12.  Full Story »
Alan Nelson

New Briefcase. | Briefcase, brief case, office supply, school supply, office supplies, school supplies, retail, marketing, service, school, office,
New Briefcase.
Office supply stores mix school supplies with office supplies, to unfortunate consequences.  Full Story »
Alan Nelson

Life, the Universe, And Everything, And A Few More Things
Life, the Universe, And Everything, And A Few More Things
Terrence Mallick's The Tree of Life is stunning. Not in a good way.  Full Story »
Alan Nelson

No Coffee And Death Of A Salesman | napalm, coffee, salesman, Ward Cleaver, Wally, Beaver, Dallas Mavericks, Texas Rangers, Houston Astros,
No Coffee And Death Of A Salesman

Need coffee. Really need coffee. Don't try to sell if the mark needs coffee. 

 Full Story »
Alan Nelson

Texas Eat California    | Texas Business, California, economics, economy, Texas Eat California, small government, low tax, labor union,

Texas Is Messing With You. (Publicity Shot from The Blob, 1958)
Texas Eat California  Full Story »
Alan Nelson

Ding Dong Is Gone.  | Ding Dong, Hostess, chocolate cake, dead witch, Munchkinland, Texas, Texas Business, Lampasas River, Killeen, Bell County, Zulis, Killeen, Silas Marner, Lantern yard, George Eliot,

Ding Dong exists on maps, but can't be found.
Ding Dong Is Gone.
This isn't about the Hostess brand chocolate cake or the dead witch in Munchkinland. Full Story »
Alan Nelson

End Of The World?  That Solves Our Economic Problems.  | mortality, end of the world, economics, theology, mathematics, predictions,

The End of the World, painted by John Martin, 1853.
End Of The World? That Solves Our Economic Problems.
Never mix mathematics and theology.    Full Story »
Alan Nelson

Never Irritate The Texas Football Gods | Texas Tech, Mike Leach, Kent Hance, Craig James, ESPN, Mike James, budget crisis,
Never Irritate The Texas Football Gods
The logic staggers the football gods of Texas.  Full Story »
Alan Nelson

Business, Bin Laden and A Smack On The Skull | iPhone, Bin Laden, Osama Bin Laden, situation room, Egypt, Libya, social media, Yemen, Syria, Bahrain,
Business, Bin Laden and A Smack On The Skull

The iPhone smacked me on the forehead.  It wasn't the first time. 


 Full Story »
Alan Nelson

Denial of Science, Invisible Gorillas   | Alan Nelson, denial of science, invisible gorilla, technology, science, anti-education, anti-science, belief, magic,
Denial of Science, Invisible Gorillas
You're missing the show. You're in Texas and you're in the midst of history, and yet you're missing it.  Full Story »
Alan Nelson

Traffic Jams And High Speed Rail  | texas t-bone, Texas triangle, Southwest Airlines, American Airlines, Continental Airlines, mass transit,
Traffic Jams And High Speed Rail
We're paying for our abandonment of the slow trains of yesteryear.  Full Story »
Alan Nelson

Technical Deception Noir | car battery, tech, ruse, trickery, fraud, dealership, dealership service department,
Technical Deception Noir

It was one of those overscheduled days when at exactly 1:16 PM, the car wouldn't start.  Thus began the unraveling of a high-tech ruse that almost cost me. 

 

 Full Story »
Alan Nelson

Fat Ho and Fortune   | Fat Ho, shakespeare, marketing, advertising, hamburger, indignation, obese prostitute, overweight hooker, slang, generation gap, hooker, prostitute, restaurant, food service,

After Closing Time At Fat Ho. Photo by Karnegie Musa. Copyright 2011.
Fat Ho and Fortune

The power of a name is strange. Inexplicable. Mysterious.


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Alan Nelson

Dogma Dogs Texas Economy | dogma, science, education, Texas economy, space program, China space program,
Dogma Dogs Texas Economy

We’ve seen a shift in emphasis on science in Texas schools. 

 Unfortunately, it's a shift from science to dogma.  

 Full Story »
Alan Nelson

Pecans, Amanatsu And World Economies: Broken Japan | Texas economy, Japan economy, economy ranking, amanatsu, pecans, Japan effect, secession, tea party, China, California, Australia, Russia, Texas, Italy, India,
Pecans, Amanatsu And World Economies: Broken Japan
In the wake of the Japan disasters, did Texas move up in the ranks of economies? Does it matter? Full Story »
Alan Nelson

 As The Shoes Drop: Earthquake, Tsunami and Nuclear Disasters | Japan, Japan effect, nuclear disaster, tsunami, earthquake, Miho, Nagasaki, Hiroshima, Godzilla, mothra, oil and gas, Texas Instruments, IBM, markets, Comanche Peak, South Texas Project, Texas nuclear, Freescale, Freescale Semiconductor,

A Japanese house swept to see by Tsunami. Photo by US Navy Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Dylan McCord
As The Shoes Drop: Earthquake, Tsunami and Nuclear Disasters

To turn human horror into statistics and data is heartless, a psychological defense, and a pragmatic response.  


 Full Story »
Alan Nelson

The Sound And The Fury | Palo Pinto, diesel turbine engine, muffler, excessive noise, loud noise, resonate, sound chamber, Ida Morren, Reedell Light, sound and fury, the sound and the fury,
The Sound And The Fury

If you have a diesel turbine engine, can you leave off the muffler and run about without fear of tickets for excessive noise?  Owners say yes. The Palo Pinto County Attorney says no.  The Texas attorney general will now mull this sound


 Full Story »
Alan Nelson

Texas Economy Sucks A Bit Less Than The National Economy | economics, economist, economic forecast, economic model, Texas, teacher, technology, commodity,
Texas Economy Sucks A Bit Less Than The National Economy

Look into the crystal ball, dig your hand deep into the bull’s entrails, watch the tea leaves swirl on the bottom of the cup.  

 Full Story »
Alan Nelson

Dang It, Texas Needs More Guns | campus carry, guns, economics, NRA, Brady Bill, demand and supply,supply and demand, hunting, shooting,
Dang It, Texas Needs More Guns
Tech Tech's hand signal "Guns Up!" becomes the economic mantra of the state.  Full Story »
Alan Nelson

Arbitrage & Spring Break In Mexico  | spring break, Mexico, party, college, abil_txbz, amar_txbz. aust_txbz, beau_pta_txbz, brn_har_txbz, colsta_bry_txbz, corp_chr_txbz,  dal_ftw_txbz, elp_txbz, hou_txbz, kil_tem_fth_txbz, lar_txbz, lngv_txbz, lub_txbz, mca_edi_miss_txbz, mid_txbz, odes_txbz, sanang_txbz, sanant_txbz, shrm_den_txbz,  txrkn_txbz, tyl_txbz, vic_txbz, wac_txbz, wicfal_txbz
Arbitrage & Spring Break In Mexico
The market imbalance finally tips the scales too far, and all crashes to the ground, and Spring Break as we knew has ended.  Full Story »
Alan Nelson

Alligators & Iguanas.  | abil_txbz, amar_txbz. aust_txbz, beau_pta_txbz, brn_har_txbz, colsta_bry_txbz, corp_chr_txbz,  dal_ftw_txbz, elp_txbz, hou_txbz, kil_tem_fth_txbz, lar_txbz, lngv_txbz, lub_txbz, mca_edi_miss_txbz, mid_txbz, odes_txbz, sanang_txbz, sanant_txbz, shrm_den_txbz,  txrkn_txbz, tyl_txbz, vic_txbz, wac_txbz, wicfal_txbz, Alligator, iguana, yak, ostrich,
Alligators & Iguanas.
The Chicken and The Egg. Supply and Demand.  Demand and Supply.  Alligators and Iguanas.  The economic question posed:  Does the demand exist independent of the supply? Does the word "supply" mean anything without a demand?  Full Story »
Alan Nelson

Mild Scott's Tree:  A Civil Trespass | horticulture, law, legality, letter of the law, spirit of the law, anarchy, dendrology, landscape plan,
Mild Scott's Tree: A Civil Trespass

Sometimes the law frees us with its safety net, sometimes the law traps us within its mesh,  sometimes the law falls away like broken string and doesn’t matter.

 

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Alan Nelson

Houston Sprawls And Sprawls  | houston, urban sprawl, u-haul, population, new urbanism,
Houston Sprawls And Sprawls
People move to Houston. More people move to Houston.  More and more people move to Houston.  And Houston spreads across the land.  Full Story »
Alan Nelson

Egypt And The World's Infrastructure | Egypt, infrastructure, Twitter, Facebook, emergent, emergence, revolution, interconnected, internet, January 25,

Posted on Twitter by Olly Wainwright.
Egypt And The World's Infrastructure
The apparent regime change in Egypt illustrates the world's new infrastructure.  Full Story »
Alan Nelson

Are Frozen Embryos People, Property Or Something Else?  | frozen embryo, probate, embryo transfer, Bridget Fuselier,
Are Frozen Embryos People, Property Or Something Else?

There more than a half million frozen human embryos in this country.

Are they people, property or something else?

 Full Story »
Alan Nelson

Texas Commodities And The World | abil_txbz, amar_txbz. aust_txbz, beau_pta_txbz, brn_har_txbz, colsta_bry_txbz, corp_chr_txbz,  dal_ftw_txbz, elp_txbz, hou_txbz, kil_tem_fth_txbz, lar_txbz, lngv_txbz, lub_txbz, mca_edi_miss_txbz, mid_txbz, odes_txbz, sanang_txbz, sanant_txbz, shrm_den_txbz,  txrkn_txbz, tyl_txbz, vic_txbz, wac_txbz, wicfal_txbz, commodity,
Texas Commodities And The World
The World's Lust For Texas Commodites In a Recession. Full Story »
Alan Nelson

The Mexico Problem Is A Texas Problem | Mexico, border violence, maquiladora, workforce, abil_txbz, amar_txbz. aust_txbz, beau_pta_txbz, brn_har_txbz, colsta_bry_txbz, corp_chr_txbz,  dal_ftw_txbz, elp_txbz, hou_txbz, kil_tem_fth_txbz, lar_txbz, lngv_txbz, lub_txbz, mca_edi_miss_txbz, mid_txbz, odes_txbz, sanang_txbz, sanant_txbz, shrm_den_txbz,  txrkn_txbz, tyl_txbz, vic_txbz, wac_txbz, wicfal_txbz
The Mexico Problem Is A Texas Problem
Years of ignoring the Mexico problem worsens the problem.   Full Story »
Alan Nelson

The $100 Bill:  Snarlups & Snafus  | John Stapp, Bureau of Engraving, U.S. Treasury, abil_txbz, amar_txbz. aust_txbz, beau_pta_txbz, brn_har_txbz, colsta_bry_txbz, corp_chr_txbz,  dal_ftw_txbz, elp_txbz, hou_txbz, kil_tem_fth_txbz, lar_txbz, lngv_txbz, lub_txbz, mca_edi_miss_txbz, mid_txbz, odes_txbz, sanang_txbz, sanant_txbz, shrm_den_txbz,  txrkn_txbz, tyl_txbz, vic_txbz, wac_txbz, wicfal_txbz
The $100 Bill: Snarlups & Snafus
Perhaps the spin to be put on the printing several billion dollars of useless $100 bills:  A clever ruse by the government to stimulate the economy.   Or not.  Full Story »
Alan Nelson

Keynesian Endpoint: To Refudiate or Not To Refudiate | Keynesian Endpoint, refudiate, Keynes, PIMCO, abil_txbz, amar_txbz. aust_txbz, beau_pta_txbz, brn_har_txbz, colsta_bry_txbz, corp_chr_txbz,  dal_ftw_txbz, elp_txbz, hou_txbz, kil_tem_fth_txbz, lar_txbz, lngv_txbz, lub_txbz, mca_edi_miss_txbz, mid_txbz, odes_txbz, sanang_txbz, sanant_txbz, shrm_den_txbz,  txrkn_txbz, tyl_txbz, vic_txbz, wac_txbz, wicfal_txbz

Keynes
Keynesian Endpoint: To Refudiate or Not To Refudiate
The phrase Keynesian Endpoint is batted about as elegantly as a wine glass in a rugby scrum.  Full Story »
Alan Nelson

Rooster Restriction | abil_txbz, amar_txbz. aust_txbz, beau_pta_txbz, brn_har_txbz, colsta_bry_txbz, corp_chr_txbz,  dal_ftw_txbz, elp_txbz, hou_txbz, kil_tem_fth_txbz, lar_txbz, lngv_txbz, lub_txbz, mca_edi_miss_txbz, mid_txbz, odes_txbz, sanang_txbz, sanant_txbz, shrm_den_txbz,  txrkn_txbz, tyl_txbz, vic_txbz, wac_txbz, wicfal_txbz, rooster, animal ordinance,
Rooster Restriction

You can only have two roosters in a Fort Worth residential area.


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Alan Nelson

Football More Complex Than Chess  | football, chess, mathematics, probability, Vince Young, Troy Aikman, Madden NFL, augmented reality, abil_txbz, amar_txbz. aust_txbz, beau_pta_txbz, brn_har_txbz, colsta_bry_txbz, corp_chr_txbz,  dal_ftw_txbz, elp_txbz, hou_txbz, kil_tem_fth_txbz, lar_txbz, lngv_txbz, lub_txbz, mca_edi_miss_txbz, mid_txbz, odes_txbz, sanang_txbz, sanant_txbz, shrm_den_txbz,  txrkn_txbz, tyl_txbz, vic_txbz, wac_txbz, wicfal_txbz

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Football More Complex Than Chess
An apologia for football and its economic impact based on a comparison to chess.  Full Story »
Alan Nelson

More Cowboys Than Cows | Chisholm Trail, Starr Nelson, Brazos River, Red River,

Lariat & Longhorn. Photo by Karnegie Musa. Copyright 2010.
More Cowboys Than Cows
The old cattle drives still echo loud in the Texas economy.  Full Story »
Alan Nelson

A Lack of Human Connection | abil_txbz, amar_txbz. aust_txbz, beau_pta_txbz, brn_har_txbz, colsta_bry_txbz, corp_chr_txbz,  dal_ftw_txbz, elp_txbz, hou_txbz, kil_tem_fth_txbz, lar_txbz, lngv_txbz, lub_txbz, mca_edi_miss_txbz, mid_txbz, odes_txbz, sanang_txbz, sanant_txbz, shrm_den_txbz,  txrkn_txbz, tyl_txbz, vic_txbz, wac_txbz, wicfal_txbz, Facebook, economic paradigm, Cinemark, Cinemark Holdings, Mark Zuckerberg, Jesse Eisenberg, Social Network,

Best Theater. Karnegie Musa. Copyright 2010.
A Lack of Human Connection
As technology shifts rewrites the existing economic paradigm, human contact becomes expensive and rare.  Full Story »
Alan Nelson

Now The Door’s Open To China . . .  | abil_txbz, amar_txbz. aust_txbz, beau_pta_txbz, brn_har_txbz, colsta_bry_txbz, corp_chr_txbz,  dal_ftw_txbz, elp_txbz, hou_txbz, kil_tem_fth_txbz, lar_txbz, lngv_txbz, lub_txbz, mca_edi_miss_txbz, mid_txbz, odes_txbz, sanang_txbz, sanant_txbz, shrm_den_txbz,  txrkn_txbz, tyl_txbz, vic_txbz, wac_txbz, wicfal_txbz,   China, China Spring, China Grove, China Berry, Hong Kong, China National Offshore Oil Corporation, CNOOC, Chesapeake Energy, Eagle Ford Shale Formation, Clyde Prestowitz, Chengdu Cension Semiconductor Manufacturing Corporation Ltd., Dell Computer, Texas Instruments, rare earth, rare earths,
Now The Door’s Open To China . . .

There are three Texas cities and communities with China in their name:  China Springs, China Grove and China, Texas.  In the era when China was a mystery, these were among the main Texas references to that ancient land. 

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The End of Print | abil_txbz, amar_txbz. aust_txbz, beau_pta_txbz, brn_har_txbz, colsta_bry_txbz, corp_chr_txbz,  dal_ftw_txbz, elp_txbz, hou_txbz, kil_tem_fth_txbz, lar_txbz, lngv_txbz, lub_txbz, mca_edi_miss_txbz, mid_txbz, odes_txbz, sanang_txbz, sanant_txbz, shrm_den_txbz,  txrkn_txbz, tyl_txbz, vic_txbz, wac_txbz, wicfal_txbz
The End of Print

Back in the print era, Laura Lippman worked as a reporter for the Waco Tribune-Herald and then for the San Antonio Light.   I’ll always remember her story on a Rocky Horror Picture Show audience participation midnight showing.


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Burgers & Bouffants
Once there was a restaurant called Burgermakers connected to a beauty shop. Full Story »
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It's Not Hollywood, It's Fort Hood | abil_txbz, amar_txbz. aust_txbz, beau_pta_txbz, brn_har_txbz, colsta_bry_txbz, corp_chr_txbz,  dal_ftw_txbz, elp_txbz, hou_txbz, kil_tem_fth_txbz, lar_txbz, lngv_txbz, lub_txbz, mca_edi_miss_txbz, mid_txbz, odes_txbz, sanang_txbz, sanant_txbz, shrm_den_txbz,  txrkn_txbz, tyl_txbz, vic_txbz, wac_txbz, wicfal_txbz

Fort Hood
It's Not Hollywood, It's Fort Hood
Role playing can be a profitable business if you can get the government to fund it.  Full Story »
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The Owner of The Texas Rangers Has A GutPak

Nolan Ryan at Vitek's. Source: Vitek's on Facebook.
The Owner of The Texas Rangers Has A GutPak

Vitek’s BBQ, a well known barbecue establishment founded in 1915 in Waco, posted a photo of Nolan Ryan today on Facebook under its FB name of GutPak.

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New Mindset
The Texas Video Industry is Big Business, Big Fun, and Big Lack of Sleep.  Full Story »
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iPhone Part Two
To actually use a product insurance policy, hidden costs will be unveiled.  Full Story »
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On Top Of The Tower Of Babel | Google, Sweden, Chinese, Apple, iPod, Russia, Greek, Arabic,
On Top Of The Tower Of Babel
Google Translate Changes The Business Game Board. Full Story »
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I phone, you phone, iPhone.

The mute button and the volume buttons on my iPhone fell off.  If you’re like most business people with smart phones, you live on your cell.  Any quirk impacts you immediately and annoys you.

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Voicemail Artifacts.

115 voicemails.

74 minutes.

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A Circle of Permanently Unfinished Business

Remember the Super Conducting Super Collider?

Its official name was the Ronald Reagan Center for High Energy Physics. 

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I Finally Count, I Think

1790 Census showing Lafford French.
I Finally Count, I Think

You try to count for something. You try to be counted.

We didn’t get a U.S. Census packet.  My wife called the agency. She heard a recording to call back after a certain date.

 

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Most Minted Coin In World History | Penny, Pennies, Alan Nelson, Copper, Zinc
Most Minted Coin In World History

Pennies are the definition of ubiquitous.

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A Walk, A Storm, A Power Outage
Thunderstorms knock out power and damage property; Economic storms knock business entities about.  Full Story »
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Dalworthington.
 Is the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex just one city?  Full Story »
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Magic Never Before Encountered Or Imagined.
 J.K. Rowing's character Remus (Moony) Lupin made an observation that rings true, perhaps too true.   Full Story »
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Disaster Resets Economic Gameboard | abil_txbz, amar_txbz. aust_txbz, beau_pta_txbz, brn_har_txbz, colsta_bry_txbz, corp_chr_txbz,  dal_ftw_txbz, elp_txbz, hou_txbz, kil_tem_fth_txbz, lar_txbz, lngv_txbz, lub_txbz, mca_edi_miss_txbz, mid_txbz, odes_txbz, sanang_txbz, sanant_txbz, shrm_den_txbz,  txrkn_txbz, tyl_txbz, vic_txbz, wac_txbz, wicfal_txbz

Anchor-handling tugboats battle the blazing remnants of the off shore oil rig Deepwater Horizon.
Disaster Resets Economic Gameboard
  The well reportedly is capped.  We will see.  It is capped, we have 85 days of oil spilled into the Gulf of Mexico. 

 

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Certain Uncertainty | abil_txbz, amar_txbz. aust_txbz, beau_pta_txbz, brn_har_txbz, colsta_bry_txbz, corp_chr_txbz,  dal_ftw_txbz, elp_txbz, hou_txbz, kil_tem_fth_txbz, lar_txbz, lngv_txbz, lub_txbz, mca_edi_miss_txbz, mid_txbz, odes_txbz, sanang_txbz, sanant_txbz, shrm_den_txbz,  txrkn_txbz, tyl_txbz, vic_txbz, wac_txbz, wicfal_txbz
Certain Uncertainty
 You sense we’re at an economic crossroads.  You feel waves of an emotion a few notches below panic in some industries that fear going the way of the keypunch operator and elevator operator Full Story »
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Everyone Takes The Credit | abil_txbz, amar_txbz. aust_txbz, beau_pta_txbz, brn_har_txbz, colsta_bry_txbz, corp_chr_txbz,  dal_ftw_txbz, elp_txbz, hou_txbz, kil_tem_fth_txbz, lar_txbz, lngv_txbz, lub_txbz, mca_edi_miss_txbz, mid_txbz, odes_txbz, sanang_txbz, sanant_txbz, shrm_den_txbz,  txrkn_txbz, tyl_txbz, vic_txbz, wac_txbz, wicfal_txbz
Everyone Takes The Credit
 Many Take Credit For Saving The Big 12 (With Ten Teams) Full Story »
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Football Rules Universities' Economic Fate | Football, universities, Big 12, economic fate, american football positions, Baylor, University of Texas, TAMU, Texas A&M, Texas Tech,
Football Rules Universities' Economic Fate
As the breakup of the Big 12 demonstrates, football in all its glory controls the fate of the university.   Full Story »
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