Aaaaaiieeeeee... or something like that. Give or take an a, e, i or two. When I was a kid, I devoured war comics rat-a-tatting with battles, exploding with screams with the Doppler effect. I tore into novels about sardonic soldiers stealing food, shooting and stabbing their way through hell. They were based on real world wars, but it felt like fun and games to me then. Recently, I was sitting in a cinema, wincing from the metallic pings of bullets off ships and helmets.
The dead are on the move. Half-empty rows of niches grin like skulls with teeth, broken and missing. Families had the ceramic-like niche covers smashed, so workers can pluck out urns. These are moved to the next resting place. I am standing looking at the cavities in the walls of the Mount Vernon Columbarium pagoda. I am on a floor high enough to be near the crown of a beautiful tree by the building. The tree and I are wreathed in smoke floating from burnt paper offerings by its roots.
"Nothing" is a dirty word in a Singapore busy making every moment count in offices, schools and even during holidays. "No pictures or videos" is a dirty phrase in a social media world busy baiting clicks and eyeballs. Well, sometimes, I like it dirty. "Hey, what do you plan to do this weekend?" Cricket sounds. (That's my ringtone going off.) The cricket sounds get more crotchety and concerned when that's my reply to questions on how I plan to spend my hard-earned leave.
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".