"You can't film in the car.”"Oh. How about recording audio?”"No. Not that either.”Like a petulant teenager, I reply with silence, sliding my phone into my purse on the floorboard and fastening my seatbelt. "This can be violent. Ready?”I look over skeptically at Johnny Kanavas, chief instructor at the Porsche Experience Center in Carson.
It’s not a question I’m asked often, but on this particular morning, I’ll be touching many scobys, or symbiotic cultures of bacteria and yeast. The plant-like organisms are strong and slippery cellulose matrices that are the foundation for any kombucha, the drink that is wildly popular in certain circles. (Kombu is kelp in Japanese, and cha is tea.) The drink is believed to have originated thousands of years ago, with earliest recorded references pointing to China as its birthplace.
I've been chatting with Nikki Kreuzer for 20 minutes at Bar Stella in Silver Lake when she likens herself to Lewis Carroll’s Alice. Appearances alone support the simile. Kreuzer, who sticks fast to the custom of not sharing her age, has platinum blonde hair and blunt-cut bangs. She’s also wearing a black-and-white checkerboard t-shirt this evening; the pattern conjures up images of the tiled landscape John Tenniel illustrated for Carroll’s work nearly 150 years ago.
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".