Americans are a notoriously far-flung and dispersed bunch. More Americans have moved in the last year than any other country, save Denmark and Finland. Some of us are pushed from the nest but most of us leap. What this means is that during the holidays, when we gather around the laden table, we arrive tired and jet-lagged from places likely remote. If we, like many of us, are back at our folks’ house, this might be the first time the generations have assembled all year.
Inside the non-deadly armory of nearly every child in America is a series of ever-more technically impressive NERF guns. There are NERF blasters, NERF Accustrike dart systems and a 30-barrel NERF gun called Doomlands the Judge. For adults who are into all things foam and projectile, there is a line of tactical NERF weaponry called N-Strike. “But who makes these weapons?” a father wondered. Was it former Smith & Wesson guys who saw the light of ahimsa?
Stephen Chbosky, 47, has spent much of his adult life filling a blank page up with words. His first book, the epistolary novel The Perks of Being a Wallflower, came out in 1999. It was the beacon to which many an adolescent slouched. But for the last decade or so, Chbosky has been filling up blank screens with heartwarming images. He wrote the screenplay and directed the film adaptation of Perks, the screenplay for Rent, and the live-action version of Beauty and the Beast.
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".