“How are you doing?” I ask. “Everything is nearly copacetic. The winter has been as cold as a cast iron commode. I’m trying to eat healthy. I have a salad with lunch and dinner every day. It’s a good thing I love potato salad. Life is unfair. I filled my car with gas at Fuel’s Paradise. I pumped the gas and then I had to pay for it, too. I did all the work. Not long after that, I waited in the 10 items or fewer lane behind a man holding a box of Cheerios. What was he trying to pull?
“How are you doing?” I ask. “Everything is nearly copacetic. A dry March and a wet May fill barns and bays with corn and hay. As it rains in March so it rains in June. My clock radio died during the night. At least it was kind enough to record the time of its death. I figured I’d have to go outside to get to a clock radio store and replenish my supply. Then I had an epiphany. The weather here is the same every day, unless I go outside. That’s a profound statement.
Al Batt of Hartland is a member of the Albert Lea Audubon Society. Email him at SnoEowl@aol.com. “How are you doing?” I ask. “Everything is nearly copacetic. I had some twice-baked bread covered in goober paste this morning. That’s a good start. I did nothing yesterday. Today I’m going to try to finish what I began yesterday. I work only to avoid daytime television. I talked to my favorite weatherman, Grunion Sleet, and he made me realize that meteorologists are really experts on meteors, not weather.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".