As far too many holiday catalogs show up in my mail daily, it’s clear we have entered the season of “making a list and checking it twice.” With lists on my mind, I was surprised the other day to find myself thinking about an emergency calling list I’d made more than 30 years ago, two years after my husband Jim was diagnosed with a significant heart condition.
Several years ago, I chatted with a high school graduate at his commencement reception. I asked what his plans were upon completion of college. He said, “I'm going to get a job that will pay me enough money so I can save what I'll need to retire in my late 30s!”I almost laughed out loud but quickly realized he was not kidding. I certainly applauded his goal but where did the chutzpah come from? I am thinking only a rare handful of people can make a “late 30s” retirement possible.
By the time you read this column, the Minnesota Senate could be only two and a half weeks from ceasing to exist.On Dec. 1, the Senate will run out of funding because Gov. Mark Dayton vetoed the Legislature’s appropriation at the end of the last session. He chose this course of action after changing his mind on a few provisions within our budget bills.I’ve written about the ongoing court battle in previous columns, but the reality of the governor’s decision is now setting in.
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".