Happy New Year 2014 - April Wine Classic Rock: I Like to Rock!


Just to wish you all a Happy New Year. Best wishes for 2015 - 
all the best ~ Andy Coats @PhoneWorthy

Sharing a little Canadian classic rock and roll to enjoy on New Years Eve. From Back in '81 - Canadian Rock legends April Wine: I Like To Rock! Drum solo and all...


See you next year. 

Because Christmas - I'm Goin Home - Bill Wood Music Video

Because Christmas…

It’s that time of year again. Christmas is just past – I hope you all had a wonderful time celebrating with family and friends. I know we were certainly fortunate to have so many people drop in and visit Christmas Eve. Christmas Day was even better, time spent with my parents for brunch and then a visit to our close friends in Hamilton where the proverbial feast was held.

It’s a time of year to be thankful and remember what the word home means to all of us. The music video here is from my old friend Bill Wood, a veteran of the Canadian music industry, who still turns out powerful and energetic original tunes in a style all his own. “I’m Goin Home”, is one of the best new Christmas songs I have heard in a long time. The chorus, “…it’s Christmas”, stays in my head and in my heart. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!


Happy Thanksgiving Canada!

Thanksgiving in Canada - What Canadians want:

Blazing fall colours, red maple leaves and a cup of Tim Horton's coffee. Happy Thanksgiving everyone. So fortunate to live in a country like Canada... where the coffee's always hot.

All the best,

New Orleans, Hurricane Isaac hits seven years after Katrina

It's been seven years to the day - August 28th 2005 -  that Katrina hit New Orleans and now Hurricane Isaac, upgraded from a tropical storm to a category one hurricane today (and some reports say category two), is lumbering its way to NOLA. Let's pray that its impact is not anywhere near as severe as Katrina. News reports even now that one hundred thousand in Orleans Parish are without power and Isaac is expected to make landfall near 1AM. Best updates are on

It makes me remember that it's almost seven years since I went to New Orleans for Katrina relief efforts. I was supposed to stay for two weeks but the devastation was so widespread, I stayed for almost six months helping wherever I could. I found a calendar in one house in the Lower 9th Ward we were helping the owner gut out for renovation - the photo is below - and I was shocked when I saw how the black mold had grown over the calendar and marked the date - August 28 - with an eerie black mold silhouette of  Hurricane Katrina. I posted this on Twitpic 3 years ago, but it never ceases to make me wonder every time I see the photo.

And now here comes Isaac and it's August 28th again...

4yrs ago Hurricane Katrina hit NOLA. Found this calendar whil... on Twitpic

One thing I know. the people of New Orleans and all over the gulf coast are survivors and I hope none come to harm by Isaac tonight. Join me in wishing them well.


Andy Coats

Androids do dream of Electric Sheep

Electric Sheep - - is a collaborative abstract artwork founded by Scott Draves. It's run by thousands of people all over the world, and can be installed on any ordinary PC or Mac. When these computers "sleep", the Electric Sheep comes on and the computers communicate with each other by the internet to share the work of creating morphing abstract animations known as sheep. Anyone watching one of these computers may vote for their favorite animations using the keyboard. The more popular sheep live longer and reproduce according to a genetic algorithm with mutation and cross-over. Hence the flock evolves to please its global audience.

You can also design your own sheep and submit them to the gene pool. The result is a collective "android dream", blending man and machine to create an artificial lifeform.... There's also a new Android app available at Google Play  for your smartphone. I have this on my PC and the constantly evolving psychedelic screensaver graphics are amazing. It's my new visualizer of choice while listening to my music library.



Welcome to the PhoneWorthy blog  -  
Just launching today - looking forward to connecting with interesting folks. More to come...
originally posted Wednesday, February 17, 2010 - This is the Feb. 3, 2012 Update - 

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What?,  you say, is a bunch of (almost) indecipherable Latin doing on this blog? Started almost two years ago, PhoneWorthy is still in beta - that is, waiting for a good purpose from a business point of view.

In publishing and graphic designlorem ipsum is placeholder text (filler text) commonly used to demonstrate the graphics elements of a document or visual presentation, such as fonttypography, and layout. The lorem ipsum text is typically a section of a Latin text by Cicero with words altered, added and removed that make it nonsensical in meaning and not proper Latin.

A partial translation would be, "Nor again is there anyone who loves or pursues or desires to obtain pain of itself, because it is pain, but occasionally circumstances occur in which toil and pain can procure him some great pleasure. To take a trivial example, which of us ever undertakes laborious physical exercise, except to obtain some advantage from it? But who has any right to find fault with a man who chooses to enjoy a pleasure that has no annoying consequences, or one who avoids a pain that produces no resultant pleasure?"

I remember many years ago learning about bluelines, or "VanDykes", while visiting Southam Printing in Toronto. These were rough full size photographic proofs of magazines and newspapers printed in monochrome blue with all the text marked up as Lorem Ipsum. (of course VanDykes were brown, but that's another story).

PhoneWorthy, alas, is still in need of filler. But a change is coming.  That I know - and before the end of the week if al goes according to plan. So even if you stumbled across the PhoneWorthy blog by accident - come back in a day or two for some fresh and informative content. I might even tell you why VanDykes are brown.

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