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timestamp: 2008-06-25T08:56:00
title: in which the cake is found to be delicious and moist
tags: evri
id: 111
content: "<blockquote style='font-style: italic'>Now these points of data make a beautiful line<br />
And we're [launching] beta; we're releasing on time.</blockquote>
<p>Well, it's official: I've been working the past year at Evri, and
just launched</a>. Basically the system leverages natural language
parsing to create a rich data graph of all the concepts on the Web
that we can get our hands on. I could go into more detail, but the
official post linked above does a great job of that. It's pretty cool to browse
around and see the article recommendations for a given
entity. Unfortunately the visualization aspect requires the Flash
plugin, so if you don't want to put up with the insane crashes, UI
glitches, and performance issues that come along with installing
that plugin then you miss out on that goodness. Hopefully Gnash will
be able to run it soon.</p>
<img src='/i/cake.jpg' alt='the cake: not a lie' class='right' />
<p>Anyway, it's great to have something public and at the same time
useful, especially after the how my <a
href=''>last</a> <a
href=''>few</a> <a
href=''>jobs</a> have
fared. My role in the system has been in content gathering rather
than the core parsing system. It's been interesting mostly simply
because I haven't had to work with data sets in the bajilli-byte
range before, and you run into a whole new set of challenges dealing
with that kind of thing.</p>
<p>I've also been able to use and contribute to a number of free
software packages, which has been a big plus. This is the first time
a work project has really pushed development of new features in
another library rather than just responding to bug fixes, so it's
been great to get involved with the hacker community on work time.</p>
<p>Anyway, give it a look; poke around; kick the tires. I bet you'll
find something interesting.</p>"