There are many ways to listen. Last week I wrote of listening to the morning as it was brought to me by birds. Today I write of listening to music as it was brought to me through earplugs. Ours is a bilingual family in a number of respects. This is traceable to rural high school exchange programs, immigration, marriage, hope, hard work, and, in my case, flash cards. You do not want me translating anything important.
The person I was to meet this morning is running late, so I’m sitting on a bench in the country outside a locked door. A red squirrel is giving me a good scolding. He’s probably right. Perhaps he is working security.It’s 8 a.m. A good time of day for sitting still. The morning come to life for a while now but still fresh.
Two weeks ago I was in the Smoky Mountains. You move around the country, you move your brain. This is an ever-more essential process. So much sitting in one place, staring at a screen, festering up worries and resentment. Travel broadens your mind, they say, and right they are, although in the process one also comes to wish some folks would never leave their lairs. There is also the ongoing project of my acknowledging certain privileges, travel high among them.
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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".