There was a time when cartoons rehearsed speeches against the grain of good manners, where the cheekiness broke the prevailing norms and where new narratives full of incorrectness, sex, drugs and vagrancy appeared. Why, 25 years after its premiere, do some people still remember Robin, the wonderful creation of the Swedish animator Magnus Carlsson?
In the story, Robin is a slacker who lives in a bare apartment, takes any casual job, likes to party and hang around with Benjamin, his heavy-drinker best friend.
Over the course of 30 self-contained episodes full of slice-of-life, Robin’s misadventures almost always end up in the same place: doing nothing constructive with his life.
The series first aired on Sweden’s SVT1. In Latin America, the Robin series was broadcast on the legendary Locomotion TV channel. In total, it was broadcast to some 50 countries. “It’s great that people still like it,” Magnus tells El Planteo.
At the time, Robin mixed a certain lack of prejudice with a strong underground spirit, compressing a dry story and novel that captivated people across generations with slices of mundane realism.
In addition, among its curiosities, in Latin America, the voice of the character was provided by Mario Casta?eda himself, known for dubbing Goku in Dragon Ball Z.
“People like nostalgia. The older you get, the more nostalgic you become. Those who remember Robin from when they were kids or teenagers are now middle-aged adults and want to remember things the way they used to be,” he continues.
Magnus, the artist
However, it’s hard to argue that Robin was his most recognized work in the world, as Magnus Carlsson is also the author behind Three Amigos and Jerry, aired on ViacomCBS (NASDAQ:VIAC)’s Nickelodeon and Jetix, and Lisa, seen on AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T)’s Cartoon Network in the “Small World” block.
“It’s complicated to say which is my most popular series. Some of my series have aired in more countries than Robin, although they were aimed at children.”
Magnus Carlsson is currently developing a couple of new projects and hopes that “one of them will come to fruition soon.” He also spends his days writing and painting pictures.
“The best thing about making Robin was that it reached many, many viewers all over the world. The worst thing was that I worked with a film company that couldn’t produce more episodes or a feature film,” he confesses.
Sweden in the ’90s: between political detachment, nihilism, and incorrectness
Inspired by Magnus’ own life, in his twenties when he lived in his first apartment of his own (“I was curious, shy and a bit of a womanizer, like Robin”), the animated series narrates a social reality in which “politics and what was politically correct were not discussed at large”.
He continues: “It was about surviving and, at the same time, having fun,” he says.
-What things would Robin do if it was produced today?
Robin has a part-time job as a computer technician and Benjamin is prematurely retired after an unfortunate accident. He has been given a wheelchair and is a medical cannabis activist. They still hang out. Robin and his friend Benjamin have been friends since they were teenagers. Time passes quickly and suddenly they are standing looking at each other and they are over 50 years old. Or, Robin is standing and Benjamin is sitting in his wheelchair, in which he now spends his days as a result of an unnecessary accident.
-What happened to Benjamin and why is he now in a wheelchair?
-During a party, he spent the entire night up in a tree drinking beer, and then Robin bet that Benjamin could safely jump out of the tree with an umbrella as a parachute. In turn, Robin lives in his spacious 35-square-meter studio. And he’s completely fine. The job as a computer technician at Achmed’s IT service and Dry Cleaning is also fine. It’s not a good tech job, to be honest. Most of the time he travels with small packages to different addresses in the city. But it’s okay. Sometimes Robin DJs at PizzaGuzzen where he plays hip-hop and some dub. He didn’t start a family. He doesn’t really have time for that. Sometimes he has to relax. Or… most of the time.
-And what about Benjamin’s life?
-Benjamin has moved into the same building as Robin, upstairs. But since the accident, Benjamin spends most of his time with Robin, because it is very difficult to go up or down any flight of stairs (no elevator) in the wheelchair. Benjamin is pre-retired and is a big advocate of medical cannabis. He is greatly helped by this medication and takes every opportunity to relieve pain. Benjamin is also very active on Tinder, with varying degrees of success.
During the 1990s, Sweden was a fairly carefree country. “It was easy to get an apartment and work. We were also precocious with IT and computers. And we young people had enough money to be able to travel the world,” explains the author.
And it’s no wonder that Robin had a very positive reception when it first started airing on television. Later, however, there was even more buzz when Radiohead wanted to have Robin as a starring character in a music video.
What, Radiohead!?!? Yes. In 1997, the British band Radiohead came across the Robin series on Channel 4 and went nuts. They quickly contacted Magnus Carlsson to have Robin star in the music video for their song “Paranoid Android”.
“His producer called me and asked if I wanted to do a video for the OK Computer album. And I wanted to do it,” Magnus recalls.
At the time, some parts of that music video were censored for containing “scenes of explicit nudity”.
-When you did the series, did you have any “encouragement”?
-What is your opinion on the recreational use of cannabis?
-I don’t like it, but I have no real opinion about people who smoke and people who don’t smoke.
-What do you think is the most controversial episode of the series?
-Nowadays people get upset about everything, so it’s impossible to say.
Original Post: benzinga.com
Parsons Joins LAWA in Making LAX Airport More Efficient and Sustainable
CENTREVILLE, Va., Aug. 04, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Parsons Corporation PSN joined Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) to celebrate the unveiling of the 1st of 44 Automated People Mover (APM) vehicles to be delivered to the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). The APM is a 2.25-mile electric train system that will enhance the traveler experience by making it easier to get into and out of the world’s fifth-busiest airport, reduce traffic congestion, and provide a more predictable and reliable commute to and from the airport. The APM incorporates best practices in vehicle sustainability, manufacturing, design, and construction.
“LAX is a gateway to the world, and the APM is a critical investment that will improve access to its terminals, the recently opened LAX Economy Parking Garage, and the soon to be completed Consolidated Rent-A-Car facility for millions of passengers every year,” said Catherine Cronin, senior vice president, aviation and rail transit for Parsons. “Our team of aviation experts has proudly supported capital projects at LAX for more than two decades, and we are honored to be part of the LAWA team for this true milestone in one of the largest ongoing infrastructure projects in the United States.”
Parsons has served as the Project Management/Construction Management (PM/CM) consultant and client representative for the APM since 2017. The company also developed the structure, budget, and staffing plan for the Landside Access Modernization Program; and currently supports construction management, engineering technical validation, and design document review.
The APM includes an elevated, dual lane grade-separated guideway that will connect the Central Terminal Area to the new off-site LAX Economy Parking Garage, which opened in October 2021, in addition to regional light rail and the Consolidated Rent-A-Car facility, which are both in construction. The APM will operate 24 hours, seven days a week and will be free to the public.
“Innovation, sustainability and state-of-the-art technology are integral to our ongoing modernization,” said Justin Erbacci, Chief Executive Officer, LAWA. “These automated people mover train cars will set a high standard for environmentally sustainable transportation, having shells made of recyclable materials and achieving zero emissions. We look forward to seeing the cars in action when we begin testing them in 2023.”
Parsons is a global leader in critical infrastructure excellence, contributing to the planning, design, sustainability, and management of more than 450 airports around the world. The company is continuously working to enhance the air travel experience through smart infrastructure and advanced technology that helps passengers get to their destinations safer, faster, and more efficiently.
To learn more about Parsons’ aviation expertise, visit www.parsons.com/aviation.
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Biden Tests Positive for COVID for the Second Time in 2022
President Joe Biden tested positive for Covid-19 on Saturday after several days of testing negative, marking the second time Biden tested positive for the virus this year.
White House physician, Dr. Kevin O’Connor said in a memo to Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre that the president is feeling fine, but given the positive antigen test, he will reinitiate isolation procedures.
“The President has experienced no reemergence of symptoms, and continues to feel quite well,” Dr. O’Connor wrote. “However, given his positive antigen test, he will reinitiate strict isolation procedures.”
Biden, who is fully vaccinated, and has received two booster shots of Pfizer Inc.’s PFE BioNTech vaccine took to Twitter Inc TWTR to alert the American people of his positive test, “I’ve got no symptoms but I am going to isolate for the safety of everyone around me,” the president tweeted. “I’m still at work, and will be back on the road soon.”
The President tested negative for four consecutive days, but according to Dr. O’Connor, Biden is experiencing “rebound COVID positivity in a small percentage of patients treated with Paxlovid,” Pfizer’s antiviral oral pill.
Biden first tested positive for Covid-19 on July 21, Benzinga reported. He returned to the Oval Office five days later, and continued to work during his initial isolation phase.
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Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos Unite to ‘Change the Course’ of Neurological Disorder Impacting 6.5 Million Americans
It’s a well-known fact that Microsoft Corporation MSFT co-founder Bill Gates, through his Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is working toward eliminating infectious diseases and eradicating poverty in developing and under-developed countries.
Gates took to Twitter this week to share details of another disease he is working to address.
“We’re announcing the second phase of @TheADDF’s diagnostics accelerator,” he said.
“I’m hopeful that this new phase will make advances that help change the course of Alzheimer’s.”
Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation (ADDF) launched the “Diagnostics Accelerator” in 2018, with inaugural funding from Gates, Est?e Lauder Companies Inc.’s EL Leonard Lauder, Amazon, Inc. AMZN founder Jeff Bezos and the Dolby Family. The project envisage making Alzheimer’s tests affordable, as the existing ones are expensive and invasive.
“The objective is to develop reliable and affordable biomarker tests just like how cholesterol is considered an early biomarker for heart disease risk,” ADDF said on its website.
All these are critical for developing effective preventative and curative treatments for Alzheimer’s, it added. Diagnostics Accelerator has now received an additional $50 million in financial commitments from new funders, including the NFL Players Association, Eli Lilly & Company LLY, Biogen, Inc. BIIB and the Shanahan Family Foundation. This brings the total funding received since 2018 to $100 million.
Effective treatments for Alzheimer’s, a neurological disorder, have thus far eluded researchers due to the difficulty in diagnosing the condition at an early stage and administering the drug to the brain for testing.
Biogen had a very rough launch of its controversial Alzheimer’s drug Aduhelm, with the CMS offering very restricted coverage for this expensive treatment.
Photo: Courtesy of National Museum of American History Smithsonian Institution and OnInnovation on flickr
Original Post: benzinga.com
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