The world is ending!!! No, no, no, really it is not, it is just a total solar eclipse. While it seems like a very rare occurrence, solar eclipses happen on a fairly regular basis. This one seems bigger because there is a great viewing path across the United States. I am in St. Louis, Missouri and the path goes right over my area so it is huge news here. The McDonnell Planetarium, part of the St. Louis Science Center, has a lot of info and activities planned for our area.
Just about all of the districts in my area have headed back to school for the new year which means there are some parents who have a bit of extra time on their hands. Not a lot mind you, but a little at least. When my son was younger and was attending school it was always a bit lonely, especially the first few weeks, when he started back for the new school year. So today I am sharing a list of things moms (and dads) could do with some of that free time.
Today, September 12, is National Video Games Day! w00t! These unique holidays are fun for me. I am definitely a child who was brought up playing video games. Back then we just thought of them as fun. Today education has jumped on the gaming bandwagon though and is a great tool to help kids learn. With my own son we used a lot of various video games as part of his education. T even wrote his first persuasive essay on why video games are educational.
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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.
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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.
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World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
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find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
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