Largest, best database ever

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Hmmm, the title of the post sounds like a Richard Scarry book — my favorite author when I was little. It’s a crazy day, so I’ll just make this quick. Those of you who were on Able Grape this morning around 8 AM PST probably noticed things were a little slow — my apologies. That’s because I was putting live a new database with about 13 million documents across 37,000 sites. The database includes some significant improvements to Able Grape’s relevance algorithms as well! You should see queries improved across the board, from results for Corsica, Chinon, or Aglianico to Press about Bordeaux 2007, blogs about Brunello, research about closures and reduction, or information about the 1999 Domaine de Trevallon.

I also put up a first version of an improved filter interface (and I’d like to thank UI designer Jonathan Bruck of Xoopit for his suggestions). It’s still got some rough edges, which I should be refining in the coming days, but it should work on all supported browsers.

Give the new database a whirl — and as always, if you see something that could be better, please let me know! (And if you really really like it, you’re allowed to say that, too!)

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