I got my first Transformer for Christmas in 1983. He was a little red Ferrari named Cliffjumper, one of the first 19 Transformers to hit the North American market. I don’t remember what else I got that year, but I clearly remember that one, precious toy. Of the very first release of the toys, I ended up with Brawn, Huffer, Windcharger, and most importantly, Jazz, one of the coolest Transformers ever. I grew up with Transformers, quite literally, and eventually had quite a few.
According to numbers reported by sister publication Rig Locator (www.riglocator.ca), drilling rig activity remained relatively flat during the second week of July. As of July 14 there were 47 active drilling rigs in Saskatchewan. This includes 21 rigs working in southeast Saskatchewan, 20 in southwest Saskatchewan (south of Kerrobert, west of Moose Jaw), and the remaining six in northwest Saskatchewan. The bulk of the work was being done by larger drilling firms.
Ten years ago this summer, former Battlefords News-Optimist sports editor Jim Humphrey and I began a golf adventure, and got paid to do it. Jim had come to us from southern Ontario, breaking a streak of increasingly short-lasting sports reporters with the News-Optimist. If he had continued the trend, his stay would have been hours. Instead, it was over a year. Jim and I hit it off famously, more so than I have with any other co-worker before or since. But Jim was sad.
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".