The nights have been cold this week. We left our cat outside when the temperature went into the 20’s. The next morning, he was not happy. He pretended to roll around on the porch as if he just wanted his tummy rubbed, but in all honesty, I could tell by the way he was looking at me that he was trying to communicate much more. The look in his eyes said, “you fool, can you please put me in the laundry room near the dryer next time?
When my column is published on Dec. 2 we will have 22 shopping days left before Christmas. The shopping season in the Christian Calendar is called Advent. I know many of you already know this. My wife and I can’t seem to find an Advent calendar for our daughter because they are sold out. So, I know you know about Advent, otherwise she and I would not be empty handed wandering around stores only to hear, “sorry pastor you are out of luck.” What is Advent anyway and can we learn anything from it?
Our house is decorated for Thanksgiving! My wife Michelle will happily cook most of the food and I will most happily watch, taste, smell and admire. I am sure I will volunteer before I need to be recruited to chop, dice, mash and clean.
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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
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Use parentheses to separate multiple
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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".