Monday, October 10, 2011

Mix me a metaphor

An interesting Swedish experiment involved fitting geolocators to six Swifts in 2009. All six were retrapped in the following year, and a lot of data collected telling us many things about Swift migration patterns and routes that we didn't know. A paper about this project will appear shortly. I read a note announcing the forthcoming paper, a note that contained the following delicious mixed metaphor:
"The intention is to have the bones of a joint paper thrashed out by Christmas with completion ..."
Not only does the paper have bones, but someone intends to thrash them. I tell you, folks, I can hardly rein in my excitement - it  is fired up to overflowing....

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