Technical Writing It Is....
a: Calutron ~
b: giant thermos bottle
What: "But, description becomes more difficult when there isn't a shared vocabulary-or there
is, but you are not privy to it. Imagine trying to describe a circuit board, calutron, diesel
engine, or other complex device with workings that are mysterious to you. "Analogy can
help-a circuit board looks like a tiny city, a calutron is like a giant thermos bottle-but this
level of description is only useful for talking to fellow outsiders. If you had to compare two
different circuit boards the "city" analogy stops being helpful because it applies equally to
both. To really say something about the circuit board, you have to deal with why people
care about them in the first place-function, efficiency of design, cost, reliability."
Writer: Jandos Rothstein
Date: Jul 22 2013 6:18 PM
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.