Peak flu season and on the bus, I'm surrounded by people who refuse to cover their mouths when they cough and sneeze. Maybe refuse is too strong a word. Perhaps they've never done it. I'd like to blame someone: Boomers, teenagers, Millennials; but actually it's the whole freaking population, spluttering and spattering as they go. The only reliably responsible human beings appear to be those under 12. They sneeze straight into their tender tiny elbows.
We've all got a job to do in the next few days, all of us, gay, straight and others. And we need to do it to achieve equality. Teachers first. They have so much power and I hope many will use it wisely in the next 10 days. The voting rolls close next week and there is still much to be done. Why is it important now? Because we are all about to assess the importance of equality. This postal survey – if that's what we are calling it now – is not about marriage. It's about much more than that.
Jerry Seinfeld, in Sydney this week, proved to me I was the best sleeper ever. Desperate to get tickets to his Australian show in 1998, I queued outside the box office on Parramatta Road from 5pm. Took a rubber mattress and an alarm clock with friends and family mocking me that there was no way I'd ever sleep with cars and trucks whizzing past. They were wrong. I can sleep anywhere, even on planes. But for years and decades, I never got enough.
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".