Late last fall, I discovered fenugreek – in the form of deeply aromatic dried leaves from local Persian markets. Not in the sense of “discovered” discovered, of course. Wikipedia says fenugreek seeds found in Iraq have been carbon dated to 4000 BCE, which means that it’s at least as old as civilization. I fell in love hard and fast with this deliciously smokey, sweet, complex herb.
I’m not a huge DIY-er. I’ve just never been that handy. But some do-it-yourself tasks are just too easy – and economical – not to tackle. Last fall, for example, I needed to update bookcases while revamping the dining room – which for years also served as a home office for the Man of the House (MOTH) — into a sitting room for his post-retirement life. Budget got eaten up with other things, so we decided to simply paint out old faithful Ikea bookcases.
Those who know Auntie Vicky™ know she does not much care for one-cup pod coffeemakers. Sympathetic as she is to those who use them in a setting with multiple users with different tastes and schedules, such as an office, she finds them wasteful, environmentally unfriendly, and thinks the coffee they produce is often less than stellar. But what then, you ask, is one to do when one wants just once cup? Auntie Vicky thinks the simplest solution is a single-serve French press coffee maker.
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".