Historically, the word ‘foreigner’ has had negative connotations: alien, outsider. Is that about to change? Franki Cookney meets the co-founder of a UK-based online magazine showcasing stories that highlight how diversity and tolerance can be a force for good“You wouldn’t want to be a foreigner, right?” Francesca Oddenino laughs, but she’s making a serious point. Too often, she says, foreigners are portrayed as desperate survivors bent on invading society to meet their own needs.
â€œIf you say things that are particularly assholeish to Cortana, she will get mad,â€? Deborah Harrison says. As a writer for Windowsâ€™ female-voiced virtual assistant, she should know. At a 2015 tech conference, Harrison told delegates that â€œa good chunkâ€? of user inquiries were about Cortanaâ€™s sex life, something Microsoft was working to curb. And itâ€™s not just Cortana. Siri, Alexa, x.aiâ€™s meeting-schedule bot â€œAmyâ€?
When my husband, Rob, and I married last year, the question of what to do about our surnames barely entered our discussions. We are both writers, so our names are on every piece of work we do. That we would keep our own seemed a given. There was just one niggling doubt. What would happen if we had children? I had always thought that we would just stick both our names on the birth certificate, but I knew this didn’t quite solve the problem. Whose name would go first?
That’s not just sex, it’s all human interaction. We’re all constantly thinking, feeling, and doing many things at once, not all of which are effectively communicated. We can’t be expected to know what s/o else is thinking/feeling but it would help if we occasionally considered it
Y’know, we bang on a lot about communication in sex+ circles but we all have a responsibility to look out for and be sensitive to the things people may not be communicating well. Sometimes just feeling your feelings is hard enough without having to identify or articulate them.
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".