Once upon a time, a flashlight was just a flashlight, its innards filled with big batteries needed to power inefficient bulbs. The advent of high-efficiency LED lights allowed for smaller batteries and smaller flashlights. The folks at VSSL (pronounced vessel) opted to keep the big old-fashioned form (9 inches long, 2 inches in diameter), and fill the empty tubular space under the little screw-on LED flashlight top with emergency supplies. Thus was born VSSL Outdoor Utility Tools.
Time’s on your side — and ceiling. Am I the only one whose cell phone alarm clock frequently and inexplicably cancels the set alarm? Hotel wake-up calls don’t always happen, either, and I may or may not set the room alarm clock correctly. That’s why I travel with my own little alarm clock — and I’ve just discovered a doozy.
Travelers who can’t imagine going anywhere without a notepad handy to record observations, reminders, and whatever, needn’t let a downpour put a damper on their jotting. Keep on writing in the rain — also in the pool, the shower, and even underwater (dive log, anyone?) A company called Rite in the Rain has invented a process by which regular paper is impregnated with a mixture of oils and other (nontoxic) chemicals.
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".