Several weeks ago I was in the audience at Berkeley Rep to see “Imaginary Comforts, or the Story of the Ghost of the Dead Rabbit.” Sometimes Berkeley Rep’s selections are really out there. That was true of this presentation. which had asides about a rabbit and a rabbi that was supposed to be humorous (a mistake in conversation when talking about a rabbi that it was a rabbit that was being discussed) . However within the story of the rabbit and the ineffectual female rabbi, I found my own meaning.
Having 60 years of making new year’s resolutions behind me, gets pretty old, and I am getting pretty old myself. So I decided to leave my usual process behind me. I always resolved to lose weight, and exercise more. Here it is two days after the new year and I am inspired to follow the Japanese secrets to a long and happy life: ikigai. The book, written by Hector Garcia and Francesc Miralles, takes research from Okinawa, Japan. Okinawa holds first place among the world’s center of longevity.
I was chatting with my sister Nina about an article I read in The Atlantic magazine titled “How to Hire Fake Friends and Family.” Ishii Youchi has created his 8-year-old company, Family Romance, to provide actors for clients to fill roles in their personal lives. Examples include a father for a child who has never met his/her real dad. He/She now occasionally meets with this man who proclaims to be his/her dad and shows up over time to play that role in his/her life.
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".