running a city
'A canoe really doesn't want to stay on a straight line. Wind and waves almost seem to have a mind of their own of where the canoe should go. So the person steering from the stern needs to adjust direction and momentum several strokes ahead. Small and steady course corrections keep you most closely to your desired route.'
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.