On the fifth awkward whack the nail folded over onto its side.It was rusty and bent before I even started, so I wasn't surprised when it didn't go in straight..I tugged at the warped plywood and the two-by-four underneath: the nail had done its job. Aim and subtlety no longer mattered, and I mashed the nail sideways into the plywood. "The floor is finished!" I announced.The night before, we'd all ridden our bikes down to the creek.
The crack started at the corner of the house, an irregular line shaped roughly like the eastern border of Iowa.Years of freezes and thaws had pushed the crack across the entire width of the driveway, a hairline fracture in some spots, a quarter-inch gap in others.The widest spot had become a catch-all for growing things, and I had already removed dandelions, thistles, crab grass and infant maple trees that had sprouted from the helicopters that fluttered down from the big tree in the back...
"We'll have to think of a name for him," Steven said. I waited a couple of beats to let the suspense build: "The Orange Cat. "I think he was expecting something more inspired, but I thought it was a pretty good name for … well, an orange cat.I first met him when I went to see why one of our indoor cats was growling. The Orange Cat was sitting on the window ledge, staring through the screen at our cat.
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".