Summer has its own sounds: the buzz of lawn mowers, the rainy spray of sprinklers and the swish of the wind in the trees. Sure, there are also the jarring sounds of car alarms and circular saws to contend with. But the summertime sounds of residential neighbourhoods tend to be soothing, perhaps because for so many of us, they recall childhoods spent outside in the backyard. The backyard was a special place where the stricter rules of the indoor world didn’t apply.
A Montreal backyard: The summertime sounds of residential neighbourhoods — lawnmowers, sprinklers, the wind in the trees — tend to be soothing, perhaps because for so many of us, they recall childhoods spent outside in the backyard, Julie Anne Pattee writes. Dario Ayala / The Gazette Summer has its own sounds: the buzz of lawnmowers, the rainy spray of sprinklers and the swish of the wind in the trees.
Nicola Brown is so busy placing swirling gold unicorn horns on white frosted cakes that she barely has time to talk. She says her boss started going “unicorn crazy” in the spring. The pastry chef at Dolce & Gâteaux, a gelato, cake and cupcake shop on Bernard St. W., is prepping for a photo shoot that will feature the shop’s new unicorn-themed products. “We’re even making doughnuts,” she said. Dolce & Gâteaux’s Bernard St. locale sells about 100 unicorn cakes every month.
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".