building a laser
"Challenge. It probably goes without saying that the production of coherent light - even if for a short time - from a totally homemade laser represents a tremendous achievement with enormous satisfaction value. Why do people climb mountains? Building a laser is like climbing from the depths of the Pacific to the top of Everest and beyond. Note: If you don't believe this then you will probably not have enough motivation to complete the project!"
METAMIA is a free database of analogy and metaphor. Anyone can contribute or search. The subject matter can be anything. Science is popular, but poetry is encouraged. The goal is to integrate our fluid muses with the stark literalism of a relational database. Metamia is like a girdle for your muses, a cognitive girdle.