Last Thursday, as I sat in my car, all alone, at rush hour, in the dark, at the New Jersey Turnpike, vehicles coming and going in every direction, my brain screamed: "WHAT ARE YOU DOING?!!" I had a moment of utter panic when I wondered what would happen if I just abandoned my car, but, I forced myself to rally, streaked across a couple of lanes in front of a transport truck that I believe was more or less standing still and exited the turnpike at the I-95.
The bright and shiny 2016 annual report was rolled out at council Monday night. If you have a chance to go online you really should take a look at it; it's very pretty. Of course, like most taxpayers, I'm most interested in where all that money went, and the report lays it out quite nicely in a colourful pie chart, although technically it isn't actually a pie chart since all the pieces are the same size no matter how much they cost.
While the sentiment has no doubt existed since the beginning of humankind, the man credited with articulating the expression, "absolute power corrupts absolutely," was 19th century politician Lord Acton. We're all familiar with the first part of the quote, which is actually, "Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely," but the second part of it isn't quite as familiar, although it is even more cynical:"Great men are almost always bad men."
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".