Metaphors and Beyond

Herein lies the trail of many a non-literal comparison . . .
Advance at your own risk.

Charged UP about RFID!

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Comparison:

"Two thin strips, which function as electrical connections, protrude from the stack, not unlike pickles hanging over the edge of a sandwich."

Context:

" Functional sensor labels are built up by printing multiple layers of specialized ink onto a polyester film. The inks include conductive materials such as silver, copper and manganese dioxide, according to Ronnie Sarkar, senior vice president of technology innovations. The particles must be suspended uniformly in ink that must be stable for long periods of time and under changing shipping conditions. The particles must also permanently adhere to the substrate with the desired electrical properties. ‘Much of the trick in developing these inks lies in working through these two issues,’ Mr. Sarkar said.

To make the batteries, ink is deposited, one layer after another, to precise thickness onto a thin, bendable metal substrate such as aluminum.

Each layer—including anodes, cathodes and lithium—performs a different function. A polymer holds the layers in place. Two thin strips, which function as electrical connections, protrude from the stack, not unlike pickles hanging over the edge of a sandwich.”

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Rosenbush, Steven. “Can 150-Year-Old Printer Go High Tech?” WSJ 19 Aug. 2014. B-4. [b-1 and b-4]

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Thanks to Steven Rosenbush for going all Valasic to help us understand printing RFID chips.

Hurricane Robin

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Comparison:

"‘We’re [other comedians at the Comedy Store in LA in the 1970s] like morning dew, he [Robin Williams] comes in like a hurricane.’”

Context:

"‘It’s [Robin Williams performing at the Comedy Store in LA] like nothing we had ever seen before, nothing we’d ever imagined before; we’d go home at night and are writing our little jokes about stuff, and this guy comes in and we’re [other comedians at the Comedy Club in LA in the 1970s] like morning dew, he [Robin Williams] comes in like a hurricane.’"

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Letterman, David. “David Letterman Remembers Robin Williams.” Late Show with David Letterman; YouTube 19 Aug. 2014. Web.

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http://bit.ly/1n6ZObj

David Letterman captures the early career energy of Robin Williams in a moving tribute. Thanks Dave.

Can’t the open source people fix this?

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Comparison:

"… when we make our morning coffee, we essentially operate like this computer program. We see the kitchen and gravitate to the coffee grinder. We see the grounds and reach for a filter. We see a cup with brown liquid and reach for a spoon. We do it with few variations and even fewer thoughts. If you feel a bit like a robot in the morning before that first cup, that’s only because you kind of are.”

Context:

"The lesson is not that instant-coffee is easy to make. (For that, we don’t need science.) The lesson is more metaphorical: when we make our morning coffee, we essentially operate like this computer program. We see the kitchen and gravitate to the coffee grinder. We see the grounds and reach for a filter. We see a cup with brown liquid and reach for a spoon. We do it with few variations and even fewer thoughts. If you feel a bit like a robot in the morning before that first cup, that’s only because you kind of are. The good news is that you can break the habit with a few simple tricks."

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Jaffe, Eric. “Evid3nce; ‘How You get Hooked on Coffee.’” Fast Company 19 Aug. 2014. Web.

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Thanks to Eric Jaffe for helping to reboot our mornings. CNTL+ALT+Delete anyone?

Where’s that bread truck when you need it? No loafing allowed.

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Comparison:

"‘A piece of art is not a loaf of bread. When someone steals a loaf of bread from the store, that’s it. The loaf of bread is gone. When someone downloads a piece of music, it’s only data until the listener puts that music back together with their own ears, their mind, their subjective experience.’”

Context:

"‘A piece of art is not a loaf of bread. When someone steals a loaf of bread from the store, that’s it. The loaf of bread is gone. When someone downloads a piece of music, it’s only data until the listener puts that music back together with their own ears, their mind, their subjective experience.’ How they perceive your work changes your work. Treating your audience like thieves is absurd. Anyone who chooses to listen to our music [Wilco] is a collaborator.’

[Jeff] Tweedy is telling a story to people who want to hear it, and that story is easy for them to believe. The lie [the story or representation of who the band is vis-à-vis their fans] spreads from user to user and pretty soon, instead of being one of five thousand bands trying to get the attention of this very focused group, Wilco is one of a handful. By making the shortlist, Tweedy and Co. end up selling far more albums than they would have if they had insisted that this huge cohort was lying thieves.”

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Godin, Seth. All Marketers are Liars. New York: Portfolio/Penguin, 2009. 178.

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Thanks to Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy for the negated comparison and to Seth Godin for the quotation.

saltlakecomiccon:

The power of metaphor… 

And the Metaphor of power … 

saltlakecomiccon:

The power of metaphor… 

And the Metaphor of power … 

(Source: facebook.com, via marvelentertainment)

Jump off the Wheel and get your Knives in Order!

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Comparison:

"‘The world is a giant gerbil wheel right now,’ [Dwayne] Lipuma at the CIA [Culinary Institute of America] says."

Context:

"He [chef Andre Soltner] demands the same kind of efficiency outside his kitchen. ‘If I go to the doctor, and if he’s not ready, I leave. And that’s because of mise-en-place.’

Other chefs — like Ari Bokovza of New York’s The Harrison — admit that this can make domestic life a little intense: ‘The way we are at work starts to translate into the way we are at home. You wish that you could switch it off. If you asked my girl, you know, “How is Ari at home?” She’ll tell you, “He’s a [expletive] nut job! He can’t sit still!”’

But practiced at its highest level, mise-en-place says that time is precious. Resources are precious. Space is precious. Your self-respect and the respect of others are precious. Use them wisely. Isn’t that a philosophy for our time?

[comparison here]  ‘I think if we just became a little bit more organized, a little bit more mise-en-place, [understand] what we really need and only do what we really need, I think we’ll have more time’ — time for what’s important, he says.”

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Charnas, Dan. “For a More Ordered Life, Organize Like a Chef.” The Salt; NPR 11 Aug. 2014. Web.

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Thanks to Chef Limpuma for the encouragement via comparison and to Dan Charnas for the quotation.

Watch those prongs!

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Comparison:

"Crows claim the world like a diamond claims its setting."

Context:

"Black to white, warm to cold, crows in frosty air

Are simply there. Their attitude is in your face

Because your face occupies their space, and nothing more.

First and foremost, to the last, least and always,

[comparison here]

They are strident easily, without effort, overcoming you incidentally

Because you happen to be in their way.”

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Martin, Paul. “Revelation in the Whirlwind of Existence.” OnBeing 27 July 2014. Web.

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Thanks to Paul Martin for this gem of a comparison.

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Image by Metal Chris

doodlur:

"Nothing goes over my head. My reflexes are too fast and i will catch it."

One might say: Metaphors and Beyond! 

http://bit.ly/14fDQKG

doodlur:

"Nothing goes over my head. My reflexes are too fast and i will catch it."

One might say: Metaphors and Beyond! 

http://bit.ly/14fDQKG

(via marvelentertainment)

universityofportland:

A beautiful night on campus… Love that moon! #uportland #universityofportland #pdx #up18 (at University of Portland)

Did anyone tell Safety and Security that Darth was on campus?

universityofportland:

A beautiful night on campus… Love that moon! #uportland #universityofportland #pdx #up18 (at University of Portland)

Did anyone tell Safety and Security that Darth was on campus?

“Wear gratitude like a cloak and it will feed every corner of your life.”

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Rumi (via shaktilover)

Yum!

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