Shallow Excellence

A couple of semi-unrelated metaphors crossed my radar screen recently.

From a comment posted by "Gordon Rae" concerning an argument between two pundits
"They swim in the shallow end of the same pool."
A proverb cited by a colleague at a recent meeting, concerning over-specialization
"It's not a stovepipe, it's a cylinder of excellence!"

(cf. [1]) - ^z - 2009-07-07