New Temperature Record for London on April 5th
It’s not the kind of record most Londoners will want to celebrate, reads an article from AM980
This morning the temperature hit an new all time low of -12 degrees, the old record on this day in history was -10 and a half, set back in 1995.
And, we’re not out of the woods yet. Another storm system is developing out in the prairies and will hit us during tomorrow’ morning’s commute with the possibility for ice pellets with a mix of snow and rain.
Searching for an Uber Answer
Uber is part of tonight’s agenda at City Council — it’s time for full council to vote on a staff report that outlined five options for dealing with the ride-booking APP service.
Last week, city politicians endorsed moving forward with a public consultation process on Uber. If approved, public discussions through community meetings, surveys and online consultations will begin this month and run through June.
And it’s not just London looking for answers when it comes to Uber, this is a difficult conversation across the country.
Since Uber arrived in London last July, 36 charges have been laid against 22 drivers with additional charges pending. Uber is defending most drivers as they challenge their fines.
City staff outlined five options for how London could respond to the ride-sharing service:
1. Keep the status quo
2. Permit ride-sharing companies as a taxi
3. Permit ride-sharing companies as a limo
4. Create a new category for transportation network companies in which the city requires insurances and regulates safety
5. Create a new category for transportation network companies but make the companies responsible for safety, not the city
Facebook Rolls Out Feature for Blind & Visually Impaired
Facebook is training its computers to become seeing-eye guides for blind and visually impaired people as they scroll through the pictures posted on the world’s largest online social network.
The feature was rolled out today on Facebook’s iPhone app. The app can interpret what’s in a picture using a form of artificial intelligence that recognizes faces and objects. The iPhone’s built-in screen reader, VoiceOver, must be turned on for Facebook’s photo descriptions to be read. For now, the feature will only be available in English.
Guns N Roses 5 @ 5 Contest Continues…
Today’s theme is MUSIC INSPIRED BY FOOD!
Have you ever wondered how this 1993 album of punk covers ended up with the title The Spaghetti Incident?
There’s two stories you may have heard. Some say there was once a food fight between Axl Rose & Steven Adler…
As I read in Slash’s book…
There was a time when Axl Rose decided to relocate the band to Chicago for a change of scenery while writing what would be a follow-up to Use Your Illusion I & II (Indiana was home for Axl Rose). The band was set up in a few condos and rehearsed at the Metro, and there were MANY times that Axl never showed up. He made them wait several times too…only to ask for files to be sent back and forth through management, to him. While writing songs and finding a way to STILL be productive without Axl, they ate a lot of Italian takeout. At the time, Steven Adler was doing a lot of hard drugs and he would keep his blow in the fridge. His code words for the drugs included spaghetti & peanut butter, after all, their management was trying to keep the band from imploding. His drug habits effected how he played the drums. He couldn’t keep time…things got worse…eventually Adler was fired from the band and came back to sue them in 1993 claiming his drug habits were the band’s fault. And…well, a “spaghetti incident” came up in court.
From Rolling Stone:
Though it’s generally believed that the title of G N’ R’s 1993 covers album refers to a food fight between Axl Rose and Steven Adler, Duff McKagan told writer Gavin Edwards that it’s actually a reference to an 1989 sojourn in Chicago, when the crack-addicted Adler stored his coke in a refrigerator next to the band’s Italian takeout containers. “His code word for his stash was ‘spaghetti,'” said McKagan. He also mentioned the stash and its code name in his deposition for Adler’s 1993 lawsuit against G N’ R, in which the drummer claimed that the drug problems that led to his ouster were actually the fault of the band. When a lawyer straight-facedly asked McKagan to “tell us about the spaghetti incident,” the bassist found himself highly amused by the sheer absurdity of the question — and an album title was born.
One winner will be chosen at random!
In The Spaghetti Incident?, an album of mostly punky cover versions of drunkrock classics, Guns n’ Roses reassert their roots in hard-edged rock & roll — some punk rock, some not — the way that U2 tried to with Rattle and Hum when their “authenticity” had become suspect. But in recording half an album’s worth of punk-rock songs, Guns n’ Roses reveal themselves as a glam-rock band, and a good one, as if T. Rex and the Dolls had come out of early punk rather than the other way around.
“Black Leather,” a post-mortem Sex Pistols song written by Steve Jones, sounds better than the original — more bounce, heartier groove — and the tough swagger of G n’ R on this track may be what the original Pistols aspired to before Malcom McLaren pushed Johnny Rotten on them. There are quick, goofy versions of the Damned’s “New Rose” and U.K. Subs’ “Down on the Farm,” which Axl delivers with an English accent as contrived as that of any Orange County hardcore singer; there is a loose, sloppy version of Iggy’s “Raw Power” that would be a hit at any Whisky Jam Night.
Punk rock is sometimes best read as a vigorous howl of complaint against one’s own powerlessness, but Axl doesn’t quite connect to the punk-rock material on Spaghetti as anything but a conduit for pure aggression. He can’t even seem to curse right. In his version of Fear’s punkrock chestnut “I Don’t Care About You,” his is not the fuuuuuuck youuu of Fear’s Lee Ving, the epithet of the misfit yelling at the cop car after it has safely rounded the corner, but the fuck you the tavern bully says as he shoves you hard in the chest. When Chris Cornell sings, “I want to fuck, fuck, fuck, fuck you,” in the Soundgarden anthem “Big Dumb Sex,” Cornell’s voice is filled with longing and desire; Axl, reprising that Soundgarden chorus as a tag to the T. Rex song “Buick Makane,” sounds like a guy reading cue cards on the set of a porno movie.
But the Nazareth anthem “Hair of the Dog” is almost a primo Guns n’ Roses song to begin with, muscular riffing, forged-iron arpeggios, enraged lyrics just built for Axl’s manly scream, exactly the sort of thing G n’ R are best at — hipwiggle music, ’70s sounding without being explicitly retro — powered by the sort of glam-groove Slash guitar and oddly baroque Matt Sorum drumming that seem merely overwrought elsewhere on the album. “Buick Makane” works the complex riff until it screams.
Punk-rock virtues are most apparent in the Duff-sung version of Johnny Thunders’ “You Can’t Put Your Arms Around a Memory,” which features irregular arrangements, wavery vocals, even a splash of vulnerability. It’s also the one song on the album you will probably fast-forward through in the car.