Whether you celebrate Christmas, Mawlid, Yule, Hannukah, Festivus, or nothing at all, December is a month full of both joy and darkness. Or darkness punctuated by joy. Or shoveling punctuated by bourbon. However you choose to approach December, you probably need to buy some sort of gift for someone. You also probably are not getting out as much or getting enough exercise. Here are some events that will take care of you and the ones you love (or at least tolerate).
So many peculiar cultural concepts are linked to November. Of course, there’s the ritual eating of large semiflightless birds. And, off the top of my head, I know that November is also when men (and women, I suppose) grow their mustaches. Writers who don’t have enough cortisol in their systems are reminded that it’s National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo for the uninitiated).
Halloween candy and decorations have been on store shelves since the end of August, so I’m already Halloweened out and am not going to include any All Hallow’s events here. (Plus, there’s a whole calendar dedicated to Halloween and harvest shindigs a few pages back.) I offer a smattering of fabulous cultural events, including high flying dancers, talks and films about our recently re-friended neighbor to the south, and discovering weird things growing in our local woods.
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".