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It’s bad enough…

Will this be the last thing I see?

to have the “mob” discussing a possible hit on me; I don’t want some skater/haters coming after me too. I saw the movie Kids. That scene in Union Square Park has haunted me for the rest of my life. You can see a brief glimps of the scene in this trailer. Watch closely seconds 20 through 24. Anyway, it did raise the hairs on the back of my head when that girl sent me that expletive laden comment. I’ve deleted the video, but before doing so, I reported her for cyber-bullying. I hope she got the message because when I went back to the video on YouTube, her comment was gone, and it didn’t say, “Comment removed by author.” That means the comment was removed by YouTube. Well, it’s captured for posterity, here on the Hollyblog. The links to the two commentors are live. I don’t know quite how to disable them. Um, I guess I’ll work on that. Like many people, I am  growing to dislike YouTube more and more as a vehicle for disseminating intelligent information. The Creative Commons (CC) is looking like a better repository for a few reasons. One drawback is the $50 fee to join. A plus is protection from cyberbullies. Also, I will be in an environment where I maintain complete control over my creative content.

Picture me as Joan Crawford!

Once, not long ago, swore I’d never use YouTube again, but I was weak and back-slidin; however, I repeat my vow. No more YouTube, ever! Too many slackjawed troglodytes who don’t even know how to spell “disgusting” are free to attack my work and my opinions. So that’s it! Strange Gathering is my last video on YouTube. Period.

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About Russell Smith

I was born at the American Hospital in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France. I find inspiration in the lives of so many people from Joan of Arc to Oscar Wilde. While my primary avocation is photography, I also enjoy philosophy, theology and most of all, history. My beloved wife, Robin Anne Smith, who passed away in 2013 is also an inspiration to me. My beloved partner, Dana is also a great support and inspiration to me. I'd be remiss if I did not mention my cats: Natasha, Maxwell, Tigger and Nigel.

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