Favorite Christmas lights – The corner of Winnequah and Maywood continues to have the most elegant and artistic display. I especially enjoying looking at those lights when driving to work early in the morning. I also liked all the lights on Mesa and Progressive. The Snoopy doghouse on Shore Acres deserves a mention, too. And the reindeer on the corner of Winnequah and Dellwood Circle. Favorite view – This year it was the view from Graham Park on Winnequah, where I would often stop during walks.
A few months ago, I said yes to something scary: giving a presentation at UW to a group of 75 or so people in my field. Several people that know me would be there. Didn’t Jesus say a prophet has no honor in his own land? Writing blog posts and columns screeched to a halt as I prepared to scrape together some sort of honor. By happy coincidence, one of my daughters had a presentation at school on the same day as mine a couple weeks ago. Hers only had to be a minute long. A minute! I was jealous.
This necessitated trips to Menards. Normally this is drudgery, but I became energized when I actually found things in the store without having to ask for help. It was even more thrilling to come home with the items and watch YouTube videos that explained how to use them, without having to try and find a handyman on Next Door or Home Advisor. My purchases included a tape measure, which I now use almost every day.
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".