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Whistle Britches

Writers and where they do their best creative work. A new book on Geoffrey Chaucer describes the dark, cramped, smelly room where he wrote his early work. Which raises the question: What kind of space do you need to produce your best writing...

cubital tunnel syndrome

cubital tunnel syndrome  n.— «Orthopedic specialists around the globe are seeing the worldwide strike of a new condition known as cubital tunnel syndrome (commonly called cell phone elbow) that can potentially cause long-term nerve damage...

ragdoll physics

ragdoll physics  n.— «There are a lot of details in games that slightly improve the overall-feel, but that doesn’t change the gameplay. Things like being able to look at your feet in FPS games adds to the impression players get but isn’t a...

multimorbidity

multimorbidity  n.— «People with multiple health problems—a condition known as multimorbidity—are largely overlooked both in medical research and in the nation’s clinics and hospitals. The default position is to treat complicated patients...

short-kiting

short-kiting  n.— «Naked short sellers do not have to borrow the stock. Thanks to smart lobbying by certain hedge funds, the rules have been subtly bent to say that “a broker dealer must have reasonable grounds to believe that the...