Military veterans come in many shapes and sizes. Some, like myself, served one enlistment or more in relative peacetime, learned many skills, and moved onto a career in civilian life. Others — who may have served in Iraq and Afghanistan — have had a much tougher time reintegrating. Post-traumatic stress disorder and worse are among the least-desired baggage brought home. Some people don’t make it back at all, of course, and we pray for them and recall their service every day.
Last month’s call itself was routine, since it comes about six times a year. But what the New York Blood Center representative said this time, after asking me to make my next appointment, indeed threw me: “This will be your 100th blood donation.”I know this benchmark is small potatoes compared to some donors’ numbers. Many people with decades on me, for instance, have given blood 200 times or more.
It was only our car’s starter that blew this time — but we were almost an hour from our home in upstate New York when it happened. Not convenient. Still, this was small change compared to what we’d endured with this vehicle. Throughout its roughly 240,000 miles, the car has needed new sets of brakes and tires, a muffler every few winters, a catalytic converter or two — and a timing belt.
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".