OPINION: The greatest lie ever told in the run-up to Christmas is this – it's the thought that counts. Believe me, it's definitely not the thought that counts. It's the actual present and whether it's a good match for the person who is getting it. "The thought that counts" is meant to provide cover for whatever gift you give – no matter how inappropriate – an excuse for the fact that because you've actually thought about buying a gift, it's all that matters.
The last survey was posted, the last envelope opened and form counted, and the results announced. We waited as the chief statistician took his own sweet time. And we watched and cried as Penny Wong broke down. It's been nearly a week now, and there are things I'd like to say about marriage. It isn't for everyone. That's not an exhortation or even an instruction. It's a fact, just as relationships aren't for everyone. Some people are better off alone. I love being married.
At 150 centimetres in stockinged feet, my refusal to climb ladders forces me to rely on the kindness of strangers (and unstrangers!) and the long kitchen tongs. My family knows if those tongs have gone missing, they need look no further than third shelf down where I will have put them after securing the book of my needs. The top shelf holds the books only needed in emergencies. The ones we kept away from the kids. The old baby books. The Latham Diaries.
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".