Yes, yes, we all know the phrase should be "buy locally" instead of "buy local." But it just wouldn't be as catchy! So let's not let good grammar get in the way of a good concept. However you want to say it, the annual BC Buy Local week is on to Dec. 3. And even though we're now mid-way through this excellent initiative from the fine folks at LOCO BC, there's still plenty of time to buy local. But why stop on Sunday? There are plenty of good reasons to keep that "buy local" habit going year-round.
The snow is on the mountains and the lift lines are filling up fast. So what's for lunch for all the wonderful, hard-working souls — especially the young ones out on their own, sometimes their first time away from home — who keep everyone happy throughout the resort clearing snow, guiding visitors, waiting tables, washing dishes, answering questions and sweeping floors?
Ho, ho, ho! Time for the jolly holly-daze. Not ready? No worries. Here's my annual list of gifts that disappear — wonderful edibles, drinkables and other good ideas with gentle eco-footprints that "disappear" after the Christmas season. This year's list is steeped in Whistler, with lots of locals chipping in ideas. First, a quick stop at Olives Community Market, with all that organic produce. Buy a bunch of fresh greens, tie it up with red yarn and add your favourite recipe.
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".