David Bouchier

David Bouchier 10/14/13
7:40 am
Mon October 14, 2013

Out of Space

When Christopher Columbus landed by mistake in the Bahamas on October 12, 1492, I'm sure he had no notion of Columbus Day being "observed" more than five hundred years later - no notion of the sales, the bank and post office closings and general inconveniences that would be visited on his remote descendants, just because of his bad navigation.

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David Bouchier 10/7/13
7:42 am
Mon October 7, 2013

The Knowledge Man

We just celebrated, or perhaps forgot to celebrate, an important moment in intellectual history. Denis Diderot was born on October 5, 1713 in France. This may not seem like the most dramatic piece of news to hear on a Monday morning three hundred years after the event, but every time Mr. Google, Wikipedia, or any of the online search engines answers one of our questions we are benefitting from the genius and determination of Denis Diderot.

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David Bouchier 9/30/13
7:47 am
Mon September 30, 2013

Enjoying the Comforts and Discomforts of England

England is one of my favorite countries. I grew up there, and still speak the language, more or less, and there are a few things about English life that make it special.

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David Bouchier 9/23/13
7:46 am
Mon September 23, 2013

Some Wise Advice for Listeners on This Monday Morning

Reading a nineteenth century novel, I was struck by the fact that one character described another as "Intelligent, but not very wise." We would never say that now. We might describe a person as being not very sensible, or not very talented, but never as lacking in wisdom. The word has dropped out of the language, along with other useful descriptive words like stupidity, usury, and posterity.

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David Bouchier 9/16/13
7:40 am
Mon September 16, 2013

The Evolution and Meaning of Puppets

Vacations by the sea, as I remember them from childhood, were always a bit of an ordeal.  There was nothing to do on the beach except get sunburn or hypothermia, depending on the weather, but one bright spot was the “Punch and Judy” puppet show: a beach entertainment that never failed to attract a crowd of kids, including me.  The show was always exactly the same, but we didn’t care.  Just like modern kids at the movies, we were there for the violence and the political incorrectness. 

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