More exciting for film fans than any Commonwealth Games, the Glasgow Film Festival (GFF) runs from February 18 to March 1, and promises cinema-goers some of the most fun they’re likely to have at the pictures this year. From world premieres to opportunities to see classics on the big screen (Mad Max 2 in IMAX anyone? ), a few days spent at the GFF will open your eyes to a whole world of cinema.
As Edinburgh’s Filmhouse prepares to celebrate Hogmanay past with a special TV screening, Jonathan Melville look back at the schedules of old and ahead to this year’s offerings. It’s hard to pinpoint exactly when Hogmanay began to be viewed as a televisual wasteland filled with hours of kilts, haggis and country dancing, but it’s fair to say that The White Heather Club didn’t help. Between 1957 and 1968 it was all going so well.
The last few weeks have seen a flurry of activity over on Twitter from a new, Scottish-based, website dedicated to helping its users share their favourite quotes. Quotables is a database which takes the traditional quotations dictionary and transfers it into a social, simple to use resource. Quotables allows you to organise your quote collection in one place and share them with your friends on the site, and via Twitter and Facebook.
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".