There are times when we get only part of a story, major details are glossed over, our questions still unanswered. Such was the case in the fable of the six blind men who went to see the elephant. Each felt only a part and determined that the elephant must look like a snake, a fan, a tree trunk, a wall, a rope, a spear. But, because they did not consider the whole picture, they did not understand the elephant.
A term I am hearing more and more lately is lateral thinking. If you look this term up in the dictionary, as I had to do, you will find numerous definitions. If you check the definitions carefully, you will likely conclude that lateral thinking is just a fancy term for creative problem solving, which has been taking place in agriculture and on the farm for centuries.
Windmills have become common sites in our country over the past 20 years, representing an alternative way to generate power. However, wind power and windmills are not as new as you might think. The Persians were using windmills to grind grain 1,700 years ago. The first windmills appeared in Europe about the time of the Crusades (1096-1270), and China was using windmills as grinding machines as early as 1219 AD.
I crunched the numbers and, as it stands now, this February will end up the 3rd warmest on record with an average temp of 46.2°. All-time warmest was set just last year 47.7°. 1976 is #2 at 46.9°. Our only 3 colder than avg months in 2017: Mar, May, Dec. https://t.co/tnYMATdLEA
Our average high is now 49° so these temperatures shouldn't really feel all that cold. Of course, being 82° yesterday may have changed our perspective ... just a bit. (82 is average for early June) https://t.co/1EfoRVrlss
Cloudy, not too cold yet, with areas of light rain and sprinkles moving Northeastward up the I-95 corridor. Higher rain chances and lower temperatures for your afternoon. Mid 50s now will be low/mid 40s by 5pm. #Working4Youhttps://t.co/K7YtrOQGOZ
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".