1. Regular readers of this column, should there be any, won’t have much trouble knowing the top name on my list of least favorite people of last year. If, however, you’re reading my opinions for the first time, I’ll give you a hint. He has a skillfully arranged mop of unnaturally blonde hair that sits atop his orange face, accentuating the untanned white skin around his eyes, making him look like a raccoon in an alternate universe. His initials are D.J.
The first name on my list of worst people of 2017 should be obvious. He has a skillfully arranged pile of unnaturally blonde hair sitting atop his orange face, accenting the untanned white skin around his eyes, making him look like a raccoon in an alternate universe. Still need a hint? His initials are D.J. and he is, surrealistically, the current president of the United States, if God or justice hasn’t intervened between the time I write these words and whenever they appear in print.
John Lennon died 37 years ago this month. December 8, 1980. I am twice as old now as I was when he was shot down. I’ve been sober for most of the years since he died but on the night I learned he was gone I got very drunk, sitting in a chair, a bottle of Scotch at my side, headphones on, feeding grief with the sound of his voice singing songs that had become anthems for an international tribe of mockers and rockers, rebels and saints, dreamers and dads, seekers and soulmates.
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Selecting a term
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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)
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Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
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example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
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Exact case matching or punctuation
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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".