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
Herdin' On The Lake Brazos Parkway. Photo by Karnegie Musa. Copyright 2011.
It was the best of times, as the Dallas Mavericks won the NBA and the Texas Rangers went to the World Series for the second straight year,
it was the worst of times, as Texas experienced the worst drought in history, 3.5 million acres burned away in wildfire and the state found itself getting out of the cattle business,
it was the age of wisdom, as Texans created new space engines, new vaccines, new energies, new physics,
it was the age of foolishness, as Texans decided in droves to ignore science and oppose science,
it was the epoch of belief, as Texans build a $3 million chapel at Texas Tech University to be named after the chancellor, allowed the Texas State Board of Education continue to politicize science, and funded private charter schools that taught creationism and denigrated the scientific method,
it was the epoch of incredulity, as small underfunded forces scrambled to counter creationism and climate change denial,
it was the season of Light, as Texans tested known concepts and created the first steps toward a “cloak of invisibility” at UTA, a private space rocket facility at McGregor tested more rockets, and Texas scientists, continued to delve into the problems of dark energy and dark matter and develop grapheme energy storage,
it was the season of Darkness, as Texans cut more than 12,000 thousand teachers’ jobs and underfunded the public education system by $4 billion,
it was the spring of hope, as Texans created more jobs than any one,
it was the winter of despair, as Texans deported thousands of undocumented workers who had come to Texas to make a better life, and continued to build walls between Texas and its biggest and closest trading partner.
The Texas News Scrawl is a handy reference to stories Texas Business recommends from other news sources. Some of the stories that Texas Business currently suggests include: Robert Rodriguez breathes new life into an old vampire favorite; ClubCorp buys Prestonwood Country Club in Dallas and Plano; Office Depot overcharged Dallas by up to $3.6 million, city auditor finds; Texas power market monitor resigns amid unresolved reform debate; U.S. Supreme Court denies review of Farmers Branch immigration ordinance; Aggie Vanishing Act: Sale of Texas Wesleyan’s law school to A&M leaves alumni out in the cold;ExxonMobil CEO Doesn't Want a Fracking Operation Near His Backyard bDrowned bridge worker’s employer had prior OSHA violations;and more.