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People Like to Stop and Stare

So hungry are tourists and locals for some proof of A+ quality celebrity sightings, that they want to know more about Look at the ridiculous state of my tee shirt: so here we are.

© Russell Smith, 2011

There might be some hope. I got rejected from the peer-reviewed art show run by Rex Bruce via his gallery downtown, LACDA- Los Angeles Center for Digital Art. DAH? LACK DAH!


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hummingbird 1, originally uploaded by Hollywood Russ.

Don’t you wish you were a hummingbird!

The Artists’ Wall

There is a wall on a building on Highland Ave and someone or somebodies put up art. It changes all the time as the owners of the building tear it down, paint over it and otherwise destroy it. I like to photograph it while there’s time. Here are a couple of examples. I hope you love them as much as I do. If you know where the PowerHouse bar is, then you know what I’m talking about. There’s a terrible Chinese restaurant there too. MSG WARNING! See? Lots of little useful tidbits here on the Hollyblog! See!

© Russell Smith, 2011

© Russell Smith


I am posting once a week in 2011

I’ve decided that I want to post more in 2011. For this blog, I am participating in the postaweek contest; that is, I will post one blog per week for the Hollyblog. I’ve also subscribed to the Daily Post, in the hopes that it will help me along the way. I also hope to make use of the community of other bloggers.

If you already read my blog, I appreciate comments, stars, ideas and encouragement along the way.


Russell Smith

More adventures on L.A.’s subways

This time it’s the Gold Line

The whole thing started when this kid was playing music from his “device” very loudly so that it filled the whole train. I approached him very politely. I said, “Sir,” and he tossed me a baleful glance. “Sir,” I repeated and then I continued with “could you please turn your music down.” I did not react. I got closer to him and said, “I guess you didn’t realize I was talking to you. Could you please turn your music down?” Still he ignored me. I reminded him that playing your music loudly will garner you a $250 fine. He responded with, “What are you? The police?” I told him no, but I was a passenger on the train and his behavior was unacceptable. He ignored me. So then I sat down and recorded his handsome mug to share with the rest of you!

If you listen to people on the train, when the camera is down, he wields his plastic three-wheeled skateboard at me like he is going to hit me with it. You can hear and see some of the people on the train react with horror. “Put that away!” One man cries out in a tone that seems to mean business. I’m not the only one who is getting sick of these obnoxious fellow humans. It’s hard to conceptualize that the adolescent brain is shrinking, cutting synapses that are redundant, under utilized, what have you. Just like I was the first t.v. generation, these kids are the first X-box generation. They’ve been exposed to graphic violence, neglected by their parents, etc. It doesn’t lessen their responsibility for their behavior! I am radically pissed.

Look at this doofus punk. As soon as I turned off the camera, the doors to the train opened. Like a cowardly punk-ass bitch (as we say at our garden tea parties) he hits me with his plastic contraption. I forget that many other people have been raised by wolves. This S.O.B. drew blood when he hit me. That is unacceptable. Well, watch the video and enjoy! Remember the face. Beware. This kid is dangerous and crazy. Do not approach unless you are an officer of the law.

defensive wound

It baffles the mind how unsafe the subway system is. That would never happen in Washington, D.C. where I come from. Why? Because … I don’t know why, honestly. Part of the issue is me. I try to stamp out ASSHOLE-ISM where ever it may be. I’m not afraid of people younger than me, or older than me, or of any race or gender. Asshole-ism crosses every strata of society. I know I have an anger management problem, but it irks me that people sit silently and put up with the asshole-ism of the few. If decent folk stick together, then these arrogant, mean, stupid people won’t have the clout that their rotten behavior affords them.

Happy Ides of March!

In case you don’t know what the Ides of March is, please allow me to enlighten you. It is that rare occasion, only twice a year, when the amount of daylight is equal to the amount of night- twelve hours of each. Can you guess when the next Ides is? If you said September 15, then you are pretty much right. The Ides of March was made famous by William Shakespeare, when a gnarly woman (a seer) warns the great noble Roman, “Beware! The Ides of March!” He replies that it’s already the Ides of March, but she cuts him down, saying, “The Ides of March aren’t over yet!”

Vincenzo Camuccini, "Morte di Cesare", 1798

Death of Marat, David (1793)

This painting by Vincenzo Camuccini was executed during the beginning of Napoleon Bonaparte’s career. He started off as a revolutionary, and ended up an emperor, the antithesis of revolution, unless you think about the 360° turn. Yes, under Napoleon’s guidance, the French Revolution went from Divine Right of Kings tyranny to near anarchic tyranny, to unstable tyranny under the Directorate and then Imperial Rule under a new monarch, a detested Corsican. At any rate, during the Terror and all the way into the Napoleonic Era, romantic art flourished. It was art that reveled in seeing tyrants crushed. Jacques-Louis David was at the forefront of this movement, called neo-Classical. Check out his two paintings: Oath of the Horatii and The Death of Marat from 1784 and 1793 respectively.

Oath of the Horatii, David (1784)

The Hollyblog- 2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 4,100 times in 2010. That’s about 10 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 51 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 397 posts. There were 389 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 2gb. That’s about a picture per day.

The busiest day of the year was January 5th with 215 views. The most popular post that day was Do you like my hole?.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were,,,, and

Some visitors came searching, mostly for snake of eden, constance francesca hilton, castle layout, lattes, and francesca hilton.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


Do you like my hole? June 2007


Anti-war Protest March 2010


Check out the hot band from Sweden! June 2008
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