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Texas AD Steve Patterson: Taxpayers should help finance new arena

Texas athletic director Steve Patterson said the school is “probably six to eight years” away from building a new basketball arena to replace the Erwin Center. 347 more words

Patent trolls of the Piney Woods

In my latest Texas Monthly column, I discuss how the tiny East Texas town of Marshall became a haven for patent trolls. One of the few things that Barack Obama and Antonin Scalia may agree on is that Marshall may be the worst thing that ever happened to intellectual property law. 280 more words

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Reading for Writing

Writing can be tedious. Reading is fun!

At least, that seems to be the general consensus, especially for people who really enjoy reading. Even for those who truly enjoy writing, the physical act of creating a narrative world can sometimes take a toll on the mind and require frequent coffee breaks. 666 more words

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Why Bitcoin Is More Like a Penny Stock Than a Real Currency

Last week, Vox writer and Bitcoin evangelist Timothy B. Lee wrote a piece entitled “Why I’m Investing in Bitcoins.” By the end of the day, he wasn’t. 616 more words

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Back on the Bitcoin Beat: KUHF's "Houston Matters"

Last week, I was interviewed by KUHF’s Craig Cohen for “Houston Matters.” We were discussing Bitcoins and whether the virtual currency is really catching on in Houston and across Texas. 56 more words

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