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Technology, The Good the Bad and the Ugly, and a Cemetery Tour: Houston Matters for Friday, Oct. 31, 2014

Happy Halloween!  On this edition of Houston Matters, Edel Howlin visits a Houston graveyard, we discuss the affordability of Halloween events in Houston, and we meet an actor from an area haunted house. We start, though, with the gadgets that haunt our world today. Technology is everywhere. So much so, in fact, that some really struggle […]

Happy Halloween!  On this edition of Houston Matters, Edel Howlin visits a Houston graveyard, we discuss the affordability of Halloween events in Houston, and we meet an actor from an area haunted house.

We start, though, with the gadgets that haunt our world today. Technology is everywhere. So much so, in fact, that some really struggle to untether from their smart phones and laptops and desktops and downloads, social media, streaming services, Blue tooth, GPS…and so on.

How do we ensure, in 2014 Houston, we use technological gadgets and gizmos as tools to make our lives better, rather than distractions that keep us from living our lives?

We discuss the effect so much technology so completely ensconced in our lives is having on us, and what we can do to make sure it works for us, and not against us.

Then: A lot can happen in a week. Some good, some bad, some ugly. When faced with intriguing developments in the week’s news, we turn to our rotating panel of “non-experts” to parse The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of it all. On this week’s panel: Joe Holley, “Native Texan” columnist for the Houston Chronicle; attorney Mark Bennett, who writes the “Defending People” blog; and Eric Tung, Social Media Manager for BMC Software. We discuss the city’s withdrawal of subpoenas of five pastors tied to a lawsuit over the city’s equal rights ordinance, Mayor Parker taking to Twitter to vent about DPS driver’s license procedures, and the resurfacing this week of the issue of red light cameras in downtown Houston.

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