Down on Melrose Avenue it's always Salvador Dalí Day –
At "Off the Wall" – a curio shop – a new robot, but don't blame Salvador Dalí. The term "robot" was coined by a Czech fellow – Karel Čapek in his play R.U.R. (Rossum's Universal Robots), published in 1920. But then he said that really wasn't his idea. He said it was his brother's idea – that would be the painter and writer Josef Čapek. He said that he had originally wanted to call them laboři (from Latin labor, work), but that just didn't cut it, so he asked his brother. Josef suggested "roboti" – the word robota means literally work, labor or serf-labor, and figuratively "drudgery" or "hard work" in Czech and other Slavic languages. Like you care…
Across the street at "Bling" –
Charlton Heston, revisited –
Oh No! Stereo!
Dalí want a banana?
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These photographs were taken with a Nikon D200 – the lenses used were AF-S Nikkor 18-70 mm 1:35-4.5G ED, or AF Nikkor 70-300 mm telephoto. The high-resolution photography here was modified for web posting using Adobe Photoshop 7.0 software.