David Bouchier

David Bouchier’s weekly essays are full of unexpected observations and whimsical opinions. Listeners will relish his entertaining, enlightening, and sometimes exasperated commentaries on the routines that carry us through the year, the surreal rituals of politics, the unsettling experience of foreign travel, and the confusions and comedies of everyday suburban life.

If there is any positive benefit to be had out of winter it is benefit of a purely philosophical kind. That is to say that winter, which is so unpleasant physically, may have something to teach us intellectually. Let's consider, as we begin the last week of February, what we can learn from winter that will improve our frozen minds.

I Cannot Tell A Lie

Feb 16, 2015

On President's Day we naturally think about George Washington - soldier, statesman, first President, and patriotic icon. In the days when history was taught in schools, every child knew the story of George Washington and the cherry tree. Young George, running amok with a chainsaw, lopped off one of his father's favorite trees. When accused of the crime, the boy is supposed to have said: "Father, I cannot tell a lie," and confessed.

February is not the right time for romance, but we have no choice. The unstoppable Valentine juggernaut is heading straight at us. Some people may have a hard time getting in the mood, especially if it starts snowing again.

Fortunately, there's a whole industry dedicated to being romantic for us, so we don't have to. Florists, restaurant owners and card manufacturers have the whole business under control. Romance can be accomplished with a couple of phone calls and a quick trip to the local card store.

We hear lot these days about something called "Big Data." It's a macho-sounding thing. Anything called "Big" usually is, like big business or the big bang theory. But what does it mean?

In the world of research everybody likes to claim that they have Big Data. It's not enough just to have a bright idea while standing in line at the supermarket checkout. You need a theory that is backed up by millions upon millions of numbers, which is what Big Data means.

What's In A Name?

Jan 26, 2015

In the year I was born David must have been the most popular given name in Britain, and possibly in the western world. As a result most of my male schoolmates were called David, and when we are all drafted at the age of eighteen we entered an army of Davids. For a couple of years I had to use another name so I could remember who I was.

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