Posts Tagged ‘Texas’

Domino’s Robot Pizza Delivery In Houston

April 22, 2021

Domino’s Robot Pizza Delivery In Houston

Perhaps believing there aren’t enough unemployed delivery drivers in Texas, Domino’s Pizza will deliver pies via Nuro R2 autonomous robot vehicles in Houston. Domino’s selling point to customers: no tipping.

Houston traffic. Robot cars with a top speed of 25 MPH. Texan gun ownership rate. What could possibly go wrong?


More:

“Nuro’s self-driving robot will deliver Domino’s pizza orders to customers in Houston,” Kim Lyons, The Verge

“Houston, we have a robot: Nuro, Domino’s team up for autonomous pizza delivery,” Brian Straight, Modern Shipper, via FreightWaves

“Beep Beep: Domino’s Is Testing a Self-Driving Delivery Car,” Jenny G. Zhang, Eater

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The Texas power system failure is a warning sign

March 15, 2021

In February, an unusual winter storm left millions of Texans without electric power or water in subzero temperatures for nearly five days. Oklahoma and other neighboring states only had minor disruptions. Why? Texas is on its own electrical grid, separate from the rest of the country, unlike other states, so it can’t get power from other states in an emergency. Texas hasn’t upgraded its electrical infrastructure since its last big failure ten years ago, but most of the U.S. power infrastructure has aged beyond its “use by” date.

More:

“Texas’s power disaster is a warning sign for the US,” Madeline Marshall, Vox

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Juneteenth

June 18, 2020
Juneteenth

(General Orders, Department of Texas June 19, 1865)

On June 19, 1865 Union general Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston and issued General Order Number 3, which began: “The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free.” This ended the legal institution of chattel slavery in the former Confederate States, two years after Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, 10 weeks after Appomattox. De Jure slavery didn’t end in border states like Kentucky and Deleware, which hadn’t seceded from the Union, until December 1865, six months after the first Juneteenth, when the 13th Amendment was ratified.

More:

“Juneteenth: Our Other Independence Day,” Kenneth C. Davis, Smithsonian.com

“Juneteenth,” Teresa Palomo Acosta, Handbook of Texas Online

“Juneteenth,” Stephanie Hall, Folklife Today

“What Is Juneteenth?” Henry Louis Gates, Jr., PBS

“Juneteenth,” Teresa Palomo Acosta, Handbook of Texas History

“The Historical Legacy of Juneteenth,” NMAAHC

Related:

“Freedmen’s Bureau,” Cecil Harper, Jr., Handbook of Texas History

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Juneteenth

June 19, 2019

Juneteenth
(General Orders, Department of Texas, June 19, 1865)

On June 19, 1865 Union general Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston and issued General Order Number 3, which began: “The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free.” This ended the legal institution of chattel slavery in the United States, two years after Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation.

More:

“Juneteenth: Our Other Independence Day,” Kenneth C. Davis, Smithsonian.com

“Juneteenth,” Teresa Palomo Acosta, Handbook of Texas Online

“Juneteenth,” Stephanie Hall, Folklife Today

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Crusader Rabbit in Texas, Episode 15

November 10, 2018

Crusader Rabbit, Series 1, Episode 15, “Crusader vs the State of Texas,” 1950. Directed by  Alexander Anderson, co-written by Mr. Anderson, Hal Goodman, Arthur North, Lloyd Turner, and Jay Ward. Voice actors: Lucille Bliss (Crusader Rabbit), Vern Louden (Rags the Tiger), Roy Whaley (narrator). The cartoon series was the first produced for the small black-and-white television screen rather than movie theaters.

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Crusader Rabbit in Texas, Episode 14

November 3, 2018

Crusader Rabbit, Series 1, Episode 14, “Crusader vs the State of Texas,” 1950. Directed by  Alexander Anderson, co-written by Mr. Anderson, Hal Goodman, Arthur North, Lloyd Turner, and Jay Ward. Voice actors: Lucille Bliss (Crusader Rabbit), Vern Louden (Rags the Tiger), Roy Whaley (narrator). The cartoon series was the first produced for the small black-and-white television screen rather than movie theaters.

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Crusader Rabbit in Texas, Episode 13

October 27, 2018

Crusader Rabbit, Series 1, Episode 13, “Crusader vs the State of Texas,” 1950. Directed by  Alexander Anderson, co-written by Mr. Anderson, Hal Goodman, Arthur North, Lloyd Turner, and Jay Ward. Voice actors: Lucille Bliss (Crusader Rabbit), Vern Louden (Rags the Tiger), Roy Whaley (narrator). The cartoon series was the first produced for the small black-and-white television screen rather than movie theaters.

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Crusader Rabbit in Texas, Episode 12

October 20, 2018

Crusader Rabbit, Series 1, Episode 12, “Crusader vs the State of Texas,” 1950. Directed by  Alexander Anderson, co-written by Mr. Anderson, Hal Goodman, Arthur North, Lloyd Turner, and Jay Ward. Voice actors: Lucille Bliss (Crusader Rabbit), Vern Louden (Rags the Tiger), Roy Whaley (narrator). The cartoon series was the first produced for the small black-and-white television screen rather than movie theaters.

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Beto’s Beefed-Up Texas Campaign

October 19, 2018

Beto's Beefed-Up Texas Campaign

Back in August, Ted Cruz spokesperson Emily Miller called his Democratic political opponent Beto O’Rourke “a Triple Meat Whataburger liberal who is out of touch with Texas values.” The beef (ahem) started when the Fort Worth Star-Telegram claimed the O’Rouke logo looks like a Whataburger Spicy Ketchup packet.

Unlike Emily Miller (Baltimore) and Ted Cruz (Canada!), Whataburger and Beto O’Rourke were both born in Texas. So was film director Richard Linklater (BoyhoodDazed and ConfusedSlacker), who calls out Mr. Cruz for his distinctly un-Texan affection for White Castle sliders:

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Crusader Rabbit in Texas, Episode 11

October 13, 2018

Crusader Rabbit, Series 1, Episode 11, “Crusader vs the State of Texas,” 1950. Directed by  Alexander Anderson, co-written by Mr. Anderson, Hal Goodman, Arthur North, Lloyd Turner, and Jay Ward. Voice actors: Lucille Bliss (Crusader Rabbit), Vern Louden (Rags the Tiger), Roy Whaley (narrator). The cartoon series was the first produced for the small black-and-white television screen rather than movie theaters.

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