SALEM — It had been a while since I truly indulged my interest in the weird. Growing up watching “Twilight Zone” re-runs and transfixed by the strange and lovely words of science fiction writer H.P. Lovecraft, I developed an abiding affection for the absurd. So ever since an assignment in June briefly took me to Salem, the infamous home of the 1692 witch trials, I wanted to go back. Last week, thanks to the Globe’s summer tourism series, I got my chance.
A conversation between author Malcolm Gladwell and Deepak Chopra, interactive art exhibitions, and marine boat cruises are among 150 events planned for HUBweek, organizers announced on Wednesday. Participants can now register online for individual events held during the festival, which will run from Oct. 10 to 15. HUBweek, now in its third year, encourages participants to explore the intersections of art, science, and technology.
Just as Secretariat and Seabiscuit raced their owners’ way to glory, so, too, did a rubber duck named Panda for Caron Rocha. Rocha’s quacker won the Mass Audubon’s 14th annual Duck Derby Saturday morning and in doing so won her a dinner for two -- anywhere in the world she chooses, with round-trip airfare and two nights’ lodging included.
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".