When I first got my hands on the Sparkr—an all-in-one flashlight, lantern, and plasma lighter that uses an electric arc to spark a flame—I thought it was a total gimmick. Yet another wannabe piece of survival gear that no one really needed, since we already have flashlights and liquid fuel–based lighters. But after playing with the thing for a couple weeks, I’m a total believer. Here’s why. To start, I used the Sparkr to ignite everything from kindling to candle wicks to incense.
In addition to writing this column for Outside, I’m the main midlayer tester for the annual Winter Buyer’s Guide. I’ve been testing for five years now and have probably worn or assigned reviews of more than 100 midlayers. Many of those layers were forgotten as soon as they came off—relegated to the back of my closet or given away. There is one, however, that I’ve worn almost daily from September 2016 through April and will forever refuse to give up: the Patagonia Crosstrek Fleece Hybrid Hoodie.
The Pacific Northwest, where I live, has had an exceptionally warm, dry summer, which is why there are so many enormous forest fires raging up here right now. I’d like things to go back to the wetter, cooler normal, but in the meantime, I’ve taken the opportunity to test some hot-weather gear. More specifically, I’ve been using two different sun shirts nearly every day this summer to see how their designs stack up.
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".