Bill Barol is the author of THANKS FOR KILLING ME (Minty Goodness Press, 2011) and MR. IRRESPONSIBLE'S BAD ADVICE (Volt Press, 2005). He’s a former Senior Writer at Newsweek, where he authored cover stories on David Letterman, Bruce Springsteen, Andrew Wyeth, and The End of the Eighties, as well...
One night in 1998 my wife and I fell asleep, our very young puppy Mojo on the bed between us, before we had a chance to put her in her crate for the night. When we woke up the next morning and discovered there hadn’t been any disastrous consequences, a thought balloon bloomed over our heads: Hmm. Dog sleeps on bed. Snuggles with humans. Not bad. In fact, kind of nice. The reason I remember this is that it was the last good night’s sleep I ever had.
You’ve probably heard a lot of loose talk lately about how nail guns are “dangerous,” how they should only be handled by “construction professionals,” and how nail-gun hobbyists are “out of their minds.” Nothing could be further from the truth! The FACT is, nailies (we call them “nailies”) are ABSOLUTELY PERFECT for recreational purposes. This is the amazing truth about nail guns that the anti-nail gun crowd DOES NOT WANT YOU TO KNOW. I can almost see you shaking your head skeptically.
As you know if you’re a friend of HOME, I’ve been experimenting with ways to keep the show sustainable over the long term. There are a lot of moving parts to a project like this — reporting, writing, production, publicity. Of these, reporting is hands down the one that takes up the most time and energy, for a number of reasons.
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 Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
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, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
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".