For obvious reasons, the news has lately led me to thinking about Humbert Humbert. Humbert, you may remember, is the non-hero of Vladimir Nabokov's Lolita, the novel about a pedophile who falls in love with a 12-year-old girl and marries her mother to be in closer proximity to the object of his affection. It caused much consternation when first published by Maurice Girodias' Olympia Press -- publishers of The Story of O -- in 1955.
"That's what I love about these high school girls, man. I get older, they stay the same age." -- Matthew McConaughey as David Wooderson in Dazed and ConfusedWe all knew guys like Wooderson, the graduated but never gone dude who hung out with the high school crowd in Richard Linklater's 1993 movie Dazed and Confused (which might be the most accurate feature film ever made about the American high school experience). The sort of guy who had his own apartment and a Z28 Camaro he was making payments on.
We're outnumbered. There are more firearms than people in this country now. In 2015, the Washington Post guessed there were 357 millions guns and 317 million people. There's probably more than that, for the Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms data they relied upon only cover legal guns. Unregistered firearms are just that, phantoms floating across state and national borders. Nobody knows how many. No serious person is considering confiscating them.
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".