Regarding my previous post about MSN not respecting noindex, nofollow, I've now manually blocked MSN referrals; even if a result comes up in MSN, clicking that link will no longer redirect you to the page; the browser will simply be served with a 404 and redirect to the "user not found" page. Try searching for "Matt Compton" on (quick link here) and clicking the Tabulas. ZAP! Roy: 1, MSN: 0.

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Starting back at work has been refreshing - I enjoyed the nothingness of the beach, but I'm now itching to roar back into work. I think this vacation was just what I needed to get through the 2Q.

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Roy + Canada = good karma. Not only did Steph give me her thumbs-up on the pick, but so did GOOGLE! Searching Google Finance for TD yields the previous entry as the #1 "blog topic." It's odd to think that somewhere in NYC, some young professional hotshot stock broker is searching for information on TD and stumbles on ... my journal. Good thing I had that nice big "you'll lose money" disclaimer or I might be in trouble. I've also captured the screenshot of the Google Finance page, because I can't imagine those Ph.Ds at Google are going to continue linking my moronic entry for much longer.

But man, that was fast. I'm not the type to easily be wowed by traffic or anything, but when I see it on Google Finance... there's something different. Perhaps I'm just a Google fanboy, after all.

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Please let me know if you have a 30boxes account, or if you do, add as a friend. I'm going to test it out for about a week to understand this "collaborative calendaring" thing.

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Continuing in my "jump" picture series, I got a good group photo:

The hardest part was timing the jump; there was obviously no one to take the picture, so we had to use the timer. Getting everybody off the ground was difficult.

The greatest thing about these jump pictures is you can always definitively blame somebody if the picture is skewed - there aren't many times in life where you can do that (Of course, the ribbing all in jest. It's not like the time spent on the screwed up shot would have been better spent elsewhere - like we had anything better to do on Bald Head). Of course, sometimes we all screw up:

Click the image to see the HILARIOUS facial expressions. I never knew jumping was such a strenuous task. Do we have group constipation?

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One realization in my life: I am a creator. I like creating things. Maintaining them and updating them, not so much. I like creating new friendships, creating new projects, starting new hobbies ... but I very much hate maintaining them. For example, just when I started getting good enough in poker to possibly play in real tournaments, I quit. I'm not exactly sure if this is necessarily a bad trait (although I'm sure it'll be quite troublesome once I trick a girl into dating me!). So extending my 2006 resolution: Maintain what I have. Stop taking on new things. Focus on improving what I've already started.

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Can you say HELLO?

Or perhaps we can get really creative and spell America's favorite pudding:

High contrast pictures are fun.

Currently listening to: Ben Jelen - Give it All Away
Posted by roy on April 5, 2006 at 04:29 PM in Ramblings, Photography, Finances, Tabulas | 12 Comments

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Comment posted on April 6th, 2006 at 12:09 AM
If your name wasn't Roy Kim, I'd Pete Rose your ass for paragraph #3.
Comment posted on April 5th, 2006 at 11:58 PM
Is there some requirement in the US that common names be commercial? Jello, Kleenex, Xerox, etc. :-\ So much for jelly, tissues and photocopiers.
Comment posted on April 5th, 2006 at 11:35 PM
I want a good camera.
Comment posted on April 6th, 2006 at 10:09 AM
I got the Canon G5 for about $450 two years ago; you can probably find it relatively well-priced nowadays.
Comment posted on April 6th, 2006 at 05:52 PM
Considering I barely have gas money these days, "relatively well-priced" must mean something along the lines of about 50 bucks. The chances of that..
Comment posted on April 5th, 2006 at 10:16 PM
If you're in to jumping, you'll appreciate this:

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Comment posted on April 6th, 2006 at 10:10 AM
hah, that was nice
Comment posted on April 5th, 2006 at 09:21 PM
Comment posted on April 5th, 2006 at 07:50 PM
I love JELLO! :D
Comment posted on April 5th, 2006 at 07:46 PM
i am impressed by the amount of air you guys got in that picture!
Comment posted on April 5th, 2006 at 05:15 PM
i love the pictures, they're so funny. i especially like how you guys had to draw a box to stand in. ;)

thanks for the 30boxes link, i've been looking for something like that.
Comment posted on April 5th, 2006 at 05:09 PM
Nice pictures, looks like you and your friends are having a good time vacationing.

TD bank is one of the best banks in Canada, so I'm not surprised by the attention.