Joel VanderWerf wrote:
> Since you are updating the data periodically, you might want to consider 
> setting up some rake tasks to download and parse the data and store it 
> in a binary format that can be loaded quickly. This would probably be 
> faster (for you) than cut and paste and faster (for the computer) than 
> parsing on each run.

Addendum: that code should be saved in a file called "rakefile", and 
you'll need to "gem install rake". Then you can do "rake run" to 
download, parse, cache the hash table as a binary file, and read it to 
do some work.