" A firewall is like having a telephone system that doesn't accept any incoming calls, but that lets you place outgoing calls. As a result, you can still have conversations with other people, you've just got to be the one who starts them."
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.