Emile Cioran (who later repudiated his fascist past) wrote in his book trouble with being born that “Man is a robot with defects”. Westwood, california, was invaded last week by “Robots in Disguise”; five movie theaters (yes i said five) in westwood were getting ready at 9:00 am to welcome the Transformers that night. i looked up from my newspaper in a coffee shop and started to smile seeing the huge robot across the street from me.


i’ve always had a soft spot for robots, friendly or not – i still remember doctor smith bickering with the robot in the “Lost in Space” episodes. being a trekkie (and in love with Spock for my entire 5th and 6th grade), Data has been on top of the list but who can forget the Borg?



i took some pictures in a hurry before they could disappear – which they did the very next day after a night of red carpet fun. only in hollywood…


“Let’s start with the three fundamental Rules of Robotics…. We have: one, a robot may not injure a human being, or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm. Two, a robot must obey the orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law. And three, a robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Laws.”

ISAAC ASIMOV, Astounding Science Fiction, Mar. 1942


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  1. Thank you for your vibrant photos and commentary. I can only hope that Asimov’s laws will stand forever. Was that the Village Theater in Westwood. I felt a twinge of nostalgia. Having grown up in Santa Monica, I’ve been to that theater many times. I now live and write in the San Francisco East Bay Area.

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