It’s all my colleagues can talk about — well, three of them anyway. It used to be that the workplace chitchat centred around the offspring. The coming vacation. The latest series on Netflix. Not of late. The three colleagues all happened to receive an identical present under the Christmas tree a few weeks back — and they’ve been talking about it ever since. It’s Instant Pot this. It’s Instant Pot that.
The son got Alexa for Christmas, and brought her home to make the introduction. Alexa, he explained beforehand, would be his personal assistant. She wouldn’t be able to make linguine with clam sauce or run to the dry cleaner or the bank, but she would be able to manage his to-do lists, set his alarms, and provide his needed weather and news information. Among many other things. Also, said the son, there was this: Alexa did not have a face. Or a head. Or arms. Or feet.
Q. I heard some glowing talk recently about “pansy geranium.” If you are familiar with this plant, what is your opinion of it? How hard is it to grow? A. Pansy geranium is another name for the flowering plant we know best as Martha Washington (Lady Washington, Regal) geranium. Like the more commonly grown zonal geranium, it is actually a pelargonium (Pelargonium domesticum), a frost-tender plant most often grown as a potted specimen.
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".