That old summer refrain — hot enough for ya? — has taken on a new twist across B.C., including Sea to Sky country. Smoky enough for ya?, or something along those lines, is the latest conversation starter as heavy smoke from Interior wildfires is sucked to the coast by weather systems acting like stubborn vacuum cleaners. Up to half of B.C. has been blanketed by smoke, something we're only going to see more of with climate change. Kamloops has suffered its worst air quality in history.
My dear mom, who is pushing 90 and still ranks as one of the finest cooks and housekeepers on the planet, has often remarked (and remarked that her older sister, too, has remarked) what on Earth did we do before plastic? Translation: they're over the moon about plastic. Plastic wrap to cover the fresh fish. Plastic containers to store leftovers. Plastic bags to line the garbage pail. Plastic plates for the family picnic. Plastic cups for take-out smoothies. Plastic, plastic, plastic.
O ho Canada! Excellent birthday party last weekend. I've never seen so much red and white all at once! Given the excitement, it only seems right to keep the 150 ball rolling and have some fun at the food end of things in Canada round the time of Confederation, and beyond.
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 Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
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, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
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".