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Drugs, Hangouts, Parties and Radiohead: the Story of ‘Robin,’ the Animated Series You Should’ve Watched by Now



By Hernan Panessi via El Planteo.

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.

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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.

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“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.

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-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.

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WHO Recommends Glaxo, Eli Lilly Drugs for COVID-19 Treatment Amid Omicron Surge



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An expert panel at the World Health Organization (WHO) recommended the use of treatments developed by Eli Lilly And Co (NYSE: LLY) and GlaxoSmithKline Plc (NYSE: GSK) / Vir Biotechnology Inc (NASDAQ: VIR) for COVID-19 patients.

In its guidelines published in the British Medical Journal, the panel has recommended Lilly’s baricitinib (Olumiant), a Janus kinase (JAK) inhibitor, combined with corticosteroids for severe COVID-19 patients.
The panel also conditionally recommended sotrovimab, a monoclonal antibody developed by GSK / Vir, for patients with non-severe COVID-19 at the highest risk of hospitalization.
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While the global body has already approved the monoclonal antibodies casirivimab with Imdevimab from Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: REGN), it has found insufficient data to recommend one treatment over another from that class of medications.
The panel also noted that the activity of these drugs against new variants of the virus, such as Omicron remained uncertain and said it would update the guidelines once new data are available.
Price Action: GSK shares are up 0.88% at $45.46, VIR shares are down 2.87% at $36.57, and LLY stock is down 1.59% at $245.69 during the market session on the last check Friday.

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ST Imaging’s ViewScan 4 Microfilm Scanner Wins 2022 Platinum Modern Library Award



Northbrook, IL, Jan. 14, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — For an eighth straight year, ST Imaging’s ViewScan 4 microfilm scanner has been recognized for a Platinum Modern Library Awards (MLAs) from LibraryWorks. ST Imaging, a Digital Check brand, is a worldwide leader in the design and manufacturing of digital microfilm viewer/scanners, and the only microfilm scanner manufacturer to have continuously received the Platinum MLA for all eight years.

“We are thrilled to be recognized again as a leading microfilm scanner in the library market by librarians,” says Matt Anderson, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for ST Imaging. “We are dedicated to continue to develop and enhance the user experience of the ViewScan 4 and PerfectView software.”

When designing the ViewScan 4 and PerfectView software, we received direct feedback from the industry on how to implement those features and how to make them easy to use. The result is a simplified, color-coded, streamlined user experience that makes working with microfilm fast and fun. While older reader/printers and other microfilm scanners can be difficult to use, the ViewScan makes loading and scanning film quick, fun, and easy. The ViewScan also allows users to share their discoveries like never before.

At ST Imaging, we understand that most customers are not experts in the field of digital image capture. Our system describes our camera size as we expect most of our customers to understand it, as you would for a cellphone or digital camera. The ViewScan 4 is equipped with a native 18-megapixel image sensor. That means there are 18 million pixels capturing the focused light providing an image instantly to the monitor. Competitive scanners may use a different definition for their camera. Be sure you have accurate information of the image sensor on the camera in your microfilm scanner and if you have any doubt, request a side-by-side comparison.

Jenny Newman, publisher and MLA program manager said, “It’s great to see ST Imaging and their ViewScan 4 be recognized year after year as a leading microfilm scanner in the library market.”

The MLAs were created to recognize top products in the library industry in a truly unbiased format. Products were submitted by companies, collected by LibraryWorks which distributes them to their database of more than 80,000 librarians at public, K-12, academic, and special libraries. Only customers who have had experience with these products in their facilities were permitted to judge the products, resulting in a truly unbiased score.

About ST Imaging

ST Imaging is a leading worldwide manufacturer and distributor of micrographic equipment and other collection scanning solutions. Founded in 1989, the company was acquired in 1999 by Digital Check Corp. In 2004, ST Imaging introduced the revolutionary ST200 digital film scanner, changing the way library customers view film.

The company’s flagship product, the ViewScan film scanner set the standard for making film scanning easy and assessable to the public. ViewScan systems incorporate the latest technology to improve viewing, scanning, editing, and sharing of microfilm within libraries, schools, government, business, and other collections.

The ST Imaging headquarters and manufacturing are in Meridian, ID. Scanners are available through a worldwide network of authorized resellers and are supported by ST Imaging’s comprehensive fulfillment, training, support, warranty, and repair services.

About LibraryWorks

LibraryWorks helps administrators to make informed decisions about library technology, automation and software, collection development and management, facilities and furnishings, staffing, purchasing, and other areas that drive effective strategic planning and day-to-day operations. Our family of resources can enable you to identify best practices, monitor trends, evaluate new products and services, apply for grants and funding, post or find a job, and even enjoy some library humor.

About the Modern Library Awards program

The Modern Library Awards (MLAs) is a program designed to recognize elite products and services in the library market which can help library management personnel enhance the quality-of-experience for the library user and increase the performance of their library systems.

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Vermont Lawmakers File Drug Decriminalization Bill, Here’s What’s in It



It seems that Vermont is on its way to decriminalizing all drugs, as the state’s Democratic and Progressive lawmakers filed a new bill this week to decriminalize their possession.

Reps. Logan Nicoll (D) and Selene Colburn (P) introduced the legislation, which is seen as a harm reduction tool that can also help address racial disparities in enforcement, Marijuana Moment reported.

What’s In The New Bill?

The measure would make possession and distribution of personal-use amounts of currently illicit drugs punishable by a $50 fine – without a threat of a prison sentence or being subject to a substance use screening and health service.

In addition, if the amount of the drug in question is under a “benchmark personal use” threshold – previously set by a new Drug Use Standards Advisory Board – people would face a civil penalty once the bill amends the state statute on drug possession and distribution.

According to the new policy, the board would include “experts in the fields of general and behavioral health care, substance use disorder treatment, and drug user communities.”

Moreover, criminal penalties for sharing small amounts of currently illicit drugs without compensation would be removed.

So far, nearly one-third of the Vermont House, or 40 initial cosponsors, support the proposal.

Colburn told Marijuana Moment in an interview this week that the goal is to streamline the process of legalization in a way that lawmakers in other states have, citing Maine as an example.

The legislator said that she’s been “talking with a lot of frontline folks, a lot of people with lived experience, and the vast majority of those folks will share that justice system involvement has been a hurdle and a barrier in their recovery, or even just their access to life-saving medication or to harm reduction tools.”

Colburn added that in their discussions, she and her colleagues are trying to be clear that the vast majority of people who are drug users are not struggling with substance use disorder. “So this is definitely a civil liberties issue as well. But for folks who [do have substance misuse disorders], the impacts of criminalization have caused, and continue to cause, so much harm.”

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