Q: My mom gave me her old dining table set — the one I grew up with — along with a big stack of vintage tablecloths. Mom thinks I need to have a table cloth on it at all times to protect it. But the wood top is so beautiful, I want to see it. She’s afraid of scratches and wear and tear. But I don’t care if it gets scratched. What do you think? A: Your mom’s tablecloths most likely did protect the surface for all these years. But I agree with you. I enjoy beautiful wood and would want to see it.
Q: My new house is on a small hillside lot with a really steep backyard. I love to cook outside, but the only usable place in my new space is near the front door. I have never seen a grill placed nicely in somebody’s front yard. Do you have any ideas about how to hide it? A: Outdoor living spaces can make your house feel bigger and flow well, no matter where they are.
Q: There is one little thing that is bothering me in my new apartment. The builders left all the little stickers on all the light fixtures, which ruins the light and the look, especially on the one over the dining room table. Is it OK to take those stickers off? A: I agree, those stickers are annoying! And thank you so much for sharing your photo. The whole idea of these stickers is to protect the manufacturer from liability if someone installs the wrong type of light bulb.
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".