I wish I was the type of person who enjoyed productive things in life. Going to the gym, learning how to bake bread, mastering an instrument — these are all vaguely useful hobbies that could arguably help make you a better person. However, instead of developing any skills I could conceivably use during a zombie apocalypse, my hobby is television. I could claim that I am a discerning viewer who only limited my television consumption to the best of the best of peak TV, but that would be a lie.
Things are pretty bleak in the world right now, but spare a second of thought for Erinn Hayes this morning. Last night the devoted and lovable wife she portrayed on Kevin Can Wait was killed off and mourned in less than a minute to make way for what is essentially a King of Queens reboot. Even by CBS’ standards, that’s harsh. Kevin Can Wait was never a bad series.
Part of the joy of Jeopardy comes from its relatively innocuous roots. It’s just a trivia game, so conceivably every human who has paid any attention while on this planet should be able to guess a few of the non-essential facts the game relies on. But anyone who has ever watched Jeopardy knows that’s not how it goes. Inevitably, contestants will be asked a myriad of questions you vaguely remember from high school, leaving you to bask in your own stupidity as you eat dinner.
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".