Monday, December 17, 2007

Society of Gloves Blog on Hiatus

Happy First Day of Saturnalia! The Society needs to celebrate the holidays and not blog, so this blog is going to be on hiatus until the new year. I really haven't had anything new to write about as of late, and I don't remember any recent dreams.

Here's the last episode available on Hulu of The Office. The episode is called "Business School":



See you next year!

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Sunday, December 16, 2007

Society Surveys on Hiatus

I guess it's a wise choice to put the bulk of the DeRamos.org Network's daily features on hold for the holiday season, as (1) I don't have the time and (2) Web traffic is probably low this time of year - with the exception of online merchants.

With that said, our socio-politico-economic surveys at Survey Sunday will be on hiatus for the holiday season. I don't know if people will do these types of surveys for this time of year, but we'll be back with a vengeance in time for the primary season for the 2008 U.S. Presidential elections.

And of course, we'll have some new Society songs in the coming year!

With that said, here's the last episode of The Office before the Strike finally sunk in, or at least before the holiday hiatus - but likely the former. The episode is called "The Deposition":



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Saturday, December 15, 2007

Chord du Jour on Hiatus

Given the busy nature of the holidays, and the time it takes to create a daily music lesson, I've put Chord du Jour on hiatus...as in, I hate to do this but that's what I need to do. On the bright side, we've gone through two complete cycles of all twelve keys - chords AND scales.

While you digest that info, please stick around and watch this episode of The Office, called "Survivor Man":



Rest assured, I'll be putting some of that music theory to practice during that hiatus while I'm scoring a film called Elan Vital.

And that's sort of how those two otherwise unrelated things - music lessons and film postproduction - tie into this usually unrelated thing - a band called The Society of Gloves. It's all related.

In fact, it's absolutely relative.

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Friday, December 14, 2007

Filler

The Holidays always become the Holy Daze...
I have yet to do another podcast (it is past due)...
The Elan Vital score is slowly coming along...
Congratulations to Eddie Vedder and the other Into the Wild composers for their Golden Globe nomination for best score...
Here's an episode of The Office called "Branch Wars":



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Thursday, December 13, 2007

This One's for Ike Turner

It's music legend that in 1951, Ike Turner and his band discovered guitar amp distortion - an essential element in rock and roll - by accidentally dropping a speaker from the roof of the band's car...or a story to that effect. Rock music salutes you, Mr. Turner!


As a non-sequitur...here's an episode of The Office called "Local Ad":



Ike Turner photo credit: Masahiro Sumori.

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Wednesday, December 12, 2007

"The Office" of Gloves

I dreamt that I was part of the cast of the NBC show The Office, but it wasn't a show. It felt like a real office, and I felt like I had a real white-collar job, but the whole situation was funny like the show. Steve Carell played the role of the boss, but his name wasn't Michael Scott. He was instead named Butch Reed, like the wrestler.

Anyhow, here's an episode of The Office for your reference:



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Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Acting Conspiracy

I had a dream where I was part of a "conspiracy" to trick someone to follow their dreams. Sad premise, I know. The first run of the act was great, as I wasn't aware that I was playing a role. Then we tried it again and again, and then it felt like an act. Then we tried to ad lib, and that was a disaster.

Since it's the holiday shopping season, here's that infamous Saturday Night Live Digital Short, just in time for Christmas:



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Monday, December 10, 2007

Scoring a Film


I've been writing and recording the soundtrack (10-14 songs' worth!) for a movie called Elan Vital. You can read more about the scoring process at the Elan Vital postproduction (and beyond!) web log. Cheers!

To keep yourselves occupied, here's a badass Natalie Portman rapping for an SNL Digital Short:



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Sunday, December 09, 2007

My Friends

I had a dream I was hanging out with my dear friends since high school, and it was Christmas. They all spoke with different accents (than usual), and so did I . I had a Western movie cowboy accent. And there was this road trip from Washington state to Alaska.

While you digest that, check out SNL's "People Getting Punched Just Before Eating":



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Saturday, December 08, 2007

Tom Hanks, Pop Star

This is funny, bizarre, and starring Tom Hanks:



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Friday, December 07, 2007

An Unanswerable Riddle?

In this dream, there were two words. One word was clone; the other word had the same meaning as clone, started with the letter c, was five letters long, but had the letter m in it.

Impossible.

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Thursday, December 06, 2007

Note to Self

I keep a minicassette recorder near my bed to record ideas conveniently, especially when I wake up and need to do so. I've done this to record my incoherent dreams in great detail. However, last night I woke to and record my dream in such an intelligible whisper, that I have to do a note to self.

Note to self: No matter how groggy and half-conscious, try to enunciate while recounting a dream.

I remember the content of the dream a little bit. It involved Star Wars, as well as a reality show with two households under one roof - the consequences thereof.

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Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Not "Ishmael"

So I had this dream about a wise, telepathic shark in an aquarium in a small college in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The teacher was a great white named Voldermor, like Harry Potter's Voldermort without the -t, otherwise Voldermar (-mar alluding to the sea) was also used in the dream. The student - much like the Alan Lomax characters in Ishmael and My Ishmael - was a seeker of knowledge, and the two had Socratic dialogues about the meaning of a fictionalized Tolstoy's War and Peace - in the dream it was called Troyovski's (it was spelled that way!) Life and Death.

Somewhere along the way, the student helped the teacher escape the college to his spaceship, which also contained a large enough water-filled aquarium for the shark. The student, who I suspect was yours truly, was definitely happy that there was a glass partition between the telepathic shark and myself.

A shark's a shark, isn't it? Okay, maybe the dream wasn't long enough for me to warm up to the non-gorilla, Ishmael-like character...but the shark was named Voldermor...so buyer beware.

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Tuesday, December 04, 2007

"Elan Vital" Soundtrack

I have a good feeling that my part of the Elan Vital soundtrack/score will have enough material to fill an entire album. While being in the middle of constantly writing, recording, and viewing the locked picture track is fulfilling - I can't wait until it's all done and look back with an even greater feeling of satisfaction.

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Monday, December 03, 2007

More Unintentional Symbolism

Someone dressed up like my brother (and band mate in the Society) began to electrocute that area near my right shoulder and probably tried to drain some life-force or something. Anyhow, I knew that the demon wasn't my brother and I let out a war cry and began to attack.

And that's when I woke up. The war cry sounded like a strange wheeze in real life.

Oh...and last night's dream, I came up with a stand up comic routine that involved buying 16 to 20 tacos. Apparently, I was also in high school.

End transmission.

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Sunday, December 02, 2007

Society Survey #7: First Amendment

We have a new survey that covers a fraction of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution: The Establishment Clause, the Free Exercise Clause, and Freedom of Speech. Please take this quick survey, and we should reveal some results on a future Results Thursday. Thanks.

Also, if I have nothing to write about tomorrow, I'll tell you about last night's dream - one where I fought a demon.

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Saturday, December 01, 2007

Emperor Pie Man

I dreamt of a Star Wars spoof on The Simpsons, with Homer's Pie Man persona ruling the galaxy. Woo-hoo!!!

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