"Mainframe integration is like world peace in the preceding quote: a general task that does not automatically happen; it must be planned for. With a little consideration up front, mainframe integration can be made as streamlined as the integration of distributed components-without rework or headaches."
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.