The dean of American photorealist portraiture, Chuck Close, has been accused of sexual harassment, and the consequences for him have been immediate and dramatic. A scheduled exhibition of his work at the National Gallery in Washington has been indefinitely postponed. Seattle University (in Close's home state) has removed a large and valuable self-portrait of his from one of its public areas.
For me, the greatest lesson of the cool Google Arts and Culture selfie-match app, the one that matches your picture to a similar-looking portrait in an art bank (only recently available in Canada) is that I need to trim my beard. I took a selfie that somehow exaggerated the bushiness of the mustache, and so all the images I got back were of dudes with enormous drooping handlebars. Apparently I look like an ad for zeppelin-flying, circa 1905. This must be rectified.
An American engineering firm called Boston Dynamics is best known for its pack-horse war robot, BigDog, a 110-kilogram, headless quadruped that looks and walks like a kind of angry deer. This machine was designed for the U.S. military for rough terrain and can climb rocky inclines. It can sit down, stand up and, amazingly, right itself if kicked over. In 2013, a version was developed that had an arm that could pick things up and throw 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".