Mandatory Fun Hits #1

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“Weird Al” Yankovic’s, Mandatory Fun, is the first comedy album to go No. 1 on the Billboard 200 in 50 years. The release date was July 15 and it sold over 100,000 units in the first week. This is Yankovic’s first #1 in his career. In a music industry where sales have plummeted 15% this year alone, Mandatory Fun has done very well.

The new album contains parodies of Pharrell’s “Happy(“Tacky”), Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines(“Word Crimes”), Imagine Dragons’ “Radioactive(“Inactive”), Lorde’s “Royals(“Foil”), Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy(“Handy”) and more. Eight videos were shot and can be found online. One was released each day, starting the day before the album came out. Most of them have gone viral.

Reaction to Mandatory Fun could be deemed widespread approval from all age ranges. Even the youth, some of which had never heard of “Weird Al” Yankovic before, show interest and find him hilarious. Many didn’t even know that parodies existed before YouTube. Over 45,000 of his fans have petitioned the National Football League to get him to play Super Bowl XLIX’s halftime show.

One of the best places for someone to go who hasn’t heard the new songs or seen his videos is Weird Al’s website. There’s news about him, touring information, a photo gallery, archives of previous work, merchandise, links and much more. Singles of the songs may be found on Amazon and the videos are located on iTunes. Make sure to check them out. Just don’t laugh too hard.

Finger Flyer! Takes Off

Jason Bentley is an independent mobile game developer who has just released Finger Flyer! on Aug. 21 of this year. Finger Flyer! is a fast-paced, arcade style game available now for download in the App Store for iOS products. You can go to this page to read customer reviews, check out game information as well as rate it. The game has already been played in 46 nations around the world.

Finger Flyer! is very addictive and the gameplay is simple. All a player has to do is avoid the green obstacles falling from above by moving the white dot with a finger. Players can gain achievements which increase the point total such as playing the game for 3 minutes without scoring a point, scoring 100, 200, 500 and 1000 points in a game, scoring 300 points without losing a life and playing for 5 min. without losing all lives.

Major gaming developers create the top selling mobile games. This doesn’t mean that those games are better or more fun than any other. It just means that the amount of money they are able to put behind the marketing and promotion of their product is much greater. One way you can help make the industry more competitive is by checking out independently developed games such as Finger Flyer!.

The Longing for More

The Longing is an alternative rock band based out of Los Angeles, Calif. Laura Bradley(vocals and composition), Michael Wallace(bass), Tom Plumb(drums), Yury Anisonyan(rhythm guitar) and James Kloeppel(lead guitar) are the musicians that make up the band. The band’s roots are scattered all over the globe as each member is from a different place. They have just finished a new album that will be available soon. A preview of the first track named “Wicked” can be heard either on their website or on Soundcloud.

Michael found his passion for music at an early age and has dedicated himself to his craft by putting in hard work. When he was first learning how to play the bass, he practiced between five and six hours a day. Now, he’s a sound engineer and teaches audio at the Los Angeles Recording School as well as being a musician. Laura professionally sings both the United States and the Canadian national anthems at sporting events in both countries. She has done so many times in cities such as Miami, Los Angeles and Toronto.

It’s been an interesting journey for The Longing and the ride into the future begins with their newest music on their latest album titled “Bleed.”

Play Ball


The Los Angeles Dodgers routed the Pittsburgh Pirates, Saturday, May 31, 2014 at Dodgers Stadium in Los Angeles Calif. by a final score of 12-2. The Dodgers dominated from beginning to end in this game.
Hanley Ramirez singled to center scoring Andre Ethier in the bottom of the 1st inning. Ramirez hit 2- 412 foot long home runs to center field while going 4-4 with 4 Runs and 5 RBIs.
Hyun-Jin Ryu pitched well enough to get the win while surrendering only 2 Runs and striking out 10 Pirates. This brings his record to 6-2 on the season. Brandon Cumpton drops to 0-2 on the year after giving up 10 Runs to the Dodgers in just 3.2 innings on the mound.
The Dodgers are now 30-27 so far this year, which is good enough for second place in the NL West while the Pirates fall to 25-30, keeping them in fourth in the NL Central.

Baseball’s Back

The Los Angeles Dodgers and Philadelphia Phillies met on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at Dodgers Stadium in Los Angeles, Calif. Zack Greinke, now undefeated at 4-0 on the young season, outdueled Cole Hamels (0-1) in his first game back from injury as the Dodgers beat the Phillies 5-2. Greinke lasted seven strong innings, J.P. Howell handled the eighth and Kenly Jansen picked up the save for throwing a perfect ninth inning.

Matt Stevens is a fan who organized a get-together for about 20 of his friends to go to the game with him. Stevens claims, “Everyone seemed to have a good time. I had a blast too.”

Sound Advice


Since moving to Los Angeles, Calif. from Indiana, Scott Gutierrez works with a lot of talent. As a professional, he engineers and produces many different genres of music and has been for just about 2 decades. He creates a rapport with most of the artists he works with and even has his thumbprint on sound for movies as well. Alan Mason is a fellow engineer and teacher of Gutierrez. Mason credits him by referring to Gutierrez as “legit”.

Beyond his own manipulation of audio, Gutierrez gives back to the industry by teaching others his craft at the Los Angeles Recording School in Hollywood. One piece of guidance he wants to pass on to anyone with the desire to be in the audio industry is to listen to the advice of those who have come before. Adding onto his previous comment, Mason says Gutierrez is “old school” as well.

Mexico

     This topic of this podcast is Mexico. Robert Delgadillo is an avid fisherman who travels to the nation often. His many experiences in country are how he’s able to convey a true account of what Mexico has to offer.

     The information that many Americans have received about our southern neighbor may have been distorted. Many media and propaganda networks have given Mexico a bad reputation. Of course the country isn’t without its problems but it’s not necessarily the horrible place that some make it out to be.

Ho-Ho-Hollywood Does It Again

     The Hollywood Christmas Parade, held on Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013 in Hollywood, Calif., was the 82nd annual holiday event with a host of celebrities, balloons, television and movie vehicles, characters and floats for everyone to enjoy. This year’s festivities encompassed a wide array of musical talent including Stevie Wonder, Daughtry, LeAnn Rimes and more. The Grand Marshal was the second man to walk on the moon, Buzz Aldrin. The co-hosts for the extravaganza were Laura Mckenzie and Erik Estrada with William Shatner and others entertaining.

     With about 1 million spectators each year, The Hollywood Christmas Parade is an unforgettable experience to behold. Although it did get a little bit chilly toward the end of the parade, the weather was beautiful throughout with few clouds in the nighttime sky enabling the blimps, helicopters and drones to have excellent visibility overhead.

Singing trio, McClain, performs at the beginning of The Hollywood Christmas Parade at the intersection of Hollywood Blvd. and Orange Dr. Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013 in Hollywood, Calif. (Photo by: Eric Dively/Full Sail University)

Singing trio, McClain, performs at the beginning of The Hollywood Christmas Parade at the intersection of Hollywood Blvd. and Orange Dr. Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013 in Hollywood, Calif. (Photo by: Eric Dively/Full Sail University)

The Superman balloon is led through the intersection of Hollywood Blvd. and Cahuenga Blvd. as a part of The Hollywood Christmas Parade Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013 in Hollywood, Calif. (Photo by: Eric Dively/Full Sail University)

The Superman balloon is led through the intersection of Hollywood Blvd. and Cahuenga Blvd. as a part of The Hollywood Christmas Parade Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013 in Hollywood, Calif. (Photo by: Eric Dively/Full Sail University)

Members of the Gadsden Elementary School District #32 Marching Band perform as part of The Hollywood Christmas Parade on Hollywood Blvd. Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013 in Hollywood, Calif. (Photo by: Eric Dively/Full Sail University)

Members of the Gadsden Elementary School District #32 Marching Band perform as part of The Hollywood Christmas Parade on Hollywood Blvd. Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013 in Hollywood, Calif. (Photo by: Eric Dively/Full Sail University)

Pirate and treasure chest balloons float past the Pacific Radio Building during The Hollywood Christmas Parade on Hollywood Blvd. Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013 in Hollywood, Calif. (Photo by: Eric Dively/Full Sail University)

Pirate and treasure chest balloons float past the Pacific Radio Building during The Hollywood Christmas Parade on Hollywood Blvd. Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013 in Hollywood, Calif. (Photo by: Eric Dively/Full Sail University)

The crowd begins to disperse at the end of The Hollywood Christmas Parade on Hollywood Blvd. Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013 in Hollywood, Calif. as the last of the participants pass by. (Photo by: Eric Dively/Full Sail University)

The crowd begins to disperse at the end of The Hollywood Christmas Parade on Hollywood Blvd. Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013 in Hollywood, Calif. as the last of the participants pass by. (Photo by: Eric Dively/Full Sail University)

Hollywood Farmers’ Market: A Place for All

Visitors congregate to shop at the entrance of the Hollywood Farmers’ Market at Ivar Ave. on Oct. 13, 2013 in Hollywood, Calif. (Photo by: Eric Dively/Full Sail University)

Visitors congregate to shop at the entrance of the Hollywood Farmers’ Market at Ivar Ave. on Oct. 13, 2013 in Hollywood, Calif. (Photo by: Eric Dively/Full Sail University)

     With the epicenter of the Hollywood Farmers’ Market being Ivar and Selma Avenues in the heart of Hollywood, Calif., this is a hustling and bustling place on Sundays. The market hours are from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. whether the weather is rain or shine.

     Louise Conrad, a customer and routine vendor, stresses the importance of this particular market. “If the market were no more, many of us here would be in a bad way.” she exclaims. “And the great service it provides for so many different people. The Farmers’ Market provides so much for so many. People from all walks of life come to my market because it’s a great place to be. Some even come here to meet and have fun. Some bring bongo drums and play. I even saw the guy from the Foo Fighters. We always have celebrities come here. They like it.”

     Conrad explains that much of the food sold at the market is organic, meaning that the farmers follow strict guidelines to grow the food items being sold. For meat to be considered organic, it must come from an animal that: 1-has been raised in conditions that give it time to act as it does in nature. 2- has been fed 100 percent organic feed and forage. and 3- has not been given any antibiotics or hormones.

     While seeking one’s way through the hoard of people at the market, all of a sudden, “This place rocks!”  is yelled in the crowd. Laughter ensues and it’s obvious that the majority of the consumers feel the same sentiment.

Shoppers searching to find quality goods in the heart of the Hollywood Farmers’ Market, Oct. 13, 2013 on Selma Ave. in Hollywood, Calif. (Photo by: Eric Dively/Full Sail University)

Shoppers searching to find quality goods in the heart of the Hollywood Farmers’ Market, Oct. 13, 2013 on Selma Ave. in Hollywood, Calif. (Photo by: Eric Dively/Full Sail University)

     The Hollywood Farmers’ Market is a beneficial entity for the environment, the economy, the farmers themselves as well as the customers. Even the animals are treated better. Not only are there grocery items sold at the market though. Plants, handmade arts and crafts, prepared dishes such as burgers, tacos, Korean BBQ, etc. are also available. Hours can be spent at this farmers’ market without even experiencing everything. There are many items that may be purchased at the market, which can’t be found in any store.

     For more information about the Hollywood Farmers’ Market, please visit this webpage: http://www.seela.org/hollywood-farmers-market/.

Gone Fishin’

Robert Delgadillo, aboard a fishing vessel in the Bahia de Los Angeles, Mexico, rides to the next location to fish for yellowtail in April 2013. (Photo by: Lazaro Quilon/fisherman)

Robert Delgadillo, aboard a fishing vessel in the Bahia de Los Angeles, Mexico, rides to the next location to fish for yellowtail in April 2013. (Photo by: Lazaro Quilon/fisherman)

     Robert Delgadillo is a fisherman, born and raised in San Diego, Calif. He’s 33 years old and has been fishing since he was just six. As a child, his father took him fishing. Every time his family went camping, their poles went along. It was the thrill, excitement and the fascination that he liked. Those are the aspects that sold him on fishing.

     Although Delgadillo definitely enjoys freshwater fishing, his favorite is saltwater kayak fishing. He’s had some sketchy moments out there on white-capped waves, one being a solo mission that got pretty rough. He got caught up in a rip current and was almost flipped over due to an enormous swell. He finally made it back in but was forced to stay out there until things died down. He did have the necessary safety equipment just in case the situation got beyond his control. A fellow fisherman of Delgadillo stated, “Rob’s dedicated. He’ll drive anywhere and fish all day and night for the big catch!” –George Ortiz

     In Delgadillo’s opinion, the single most important issue facing the fishing industry today is overfishing.  Humans have always relied on fishing for food as a natural resource. Now, our sources have been depleted. He believes that the Marine Life Protection Act is a step in the right direction. “You can only take from the ocean. You can never truly give back. You can try and give back but really you’re always taking from the ocean”-Rob Delgadillo. One of the biggest pieces of advice that he would like to give to other fishermen is not to catch undersized fish and only take what you need.

     Only after observing Delgadillo, firsthand, at Lake Gregory, about 1.5 hours east of Los Angeles, was I able to truly understand how he copes with failure. “Man, there aint no fish in this lake!” That’s what he says, with a big smile on his face, when they aren’t biting. Evidently, it works because everyone gets skunked sometimes and he’s still fishing. In fact, he prescribes to his own theory of, “You can’t catch anything if your line isn’t in the water.” Basically, he’s saying that you can be out there all day but if you don’t drop a hook or a net, you’re not fishing.

     Delgadillo’s philosophy actually applies to many aspects of life. It’s difficult to catch anything if one doesn’t put himself out there. In fact, his father is concerned with him hooking another type of fish. He’d like to know when his son is going to find someone to settle down with.

     Whereas the bait may be different, if Delgadillo does indeed hook himself a winner and decides to have children, he says he’d tell his kids, “Go for it!” if their passions included becoming fishermen.

Robert Delgadillo commands a fishing boat back to shore on the Bahia de Los Angeles, Mexico in April 2013 to pack up the catch. (Photo by: Lazaro Quilon/fisherman)

Robert Delgadillo commands a fishing boat back to shore on the Bahia de Los Angeles, Mexico in April 2013 to pack up the catch. (Photo by: Lazaro Quilon/fisherman)

     Whether for his future children or not, Delgadillo’s advice for those who wish to begin fishing for a career is to study every aspect of your craft. He stresses taking classes and always utilizing safety practices. A great help to him when starting out and a source he still uses for excellent information is Bloody Decks, http://www.bdoutdoors.com . This website is what turned him on to saltwater fishing. Delgadillo is one of the many fishermen on this forum. He is also an excellent teacher. He showed me the ropes and I’m not the only one. “He helped get me into fresh water trout fishing, now I’m hooked!” –George Ortiz