"Sometimes you have to run that red light to get your point across, but most of the time you're better off stopping yourself. Remember, a good conversation is like a tennis match with a lot of back and forth. So when you start talking about something-especially yourself-notice how long you take to get your thoughts out. Could you be getting the same point across with fewer words? Probably. If you're a compulsive rambler, it will take more than the traffic light rule to stop yourself, but it's definitely a good rule of thumb to start out with."
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.