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An Analysis of Nicole Westbrook’s It’s Thanksgiving

November 14, 2012 2 comments

As many of you might be aware of, Nicole Westbrook recently released a song titled It’s Thanksgiving. It was written and produced by Patrice Wilson (the same guy who rapped about driving past school buses in Rebecca Black’s Friday). Here’s the music video for those who haven’t seen it yet:

 

In the first scene where Nicole is marking off her calendar, we notice that it’s actually set to November 2013, not 2012. Here the music video is deeper than the lyrics would suggest. The problem today is that Thanksgiving holidays are relatively dull compared to others because there aren’t any songs associated with the holiday. Fortunately for us, Nicole and Patrice found a creative solution, by writing a song about Thanksgiving. The November 2013 calender symbolizes how future Thanksgiving holidays (not just this year’s) will be associated with the song similar to how we still and will continue to associate Christmas with songs such as Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Santa Claus is Coming to Town.

The highlight of the music video is when the Usher-look-alike-guy, wearing a turkey costume, unexpectedly drops by Nicole’s home and parties with the group of children. At first I was confused because Halloween already passed long ago, but the song is about Thanksgiving. However I realized later that the turkey costume is supposed to reference a popular internet meme. Possibly to avoid potential legal repercussions, the guy decided to wear a turkey instead of a bear costume.

Since the producer also wrote Friday, it’s not surprising that there are many resemblances between that song and It’s Thanksgiving. Both songs begin with the similar oooh-oooh-yeah melody that don’t really serve any purpose except to lengthen the songs’ runtimes. Also the bridge in Nicole’s song where she teaches us when the holidays are (notice that Halloween is missing), is similar to the days-of-the-week verse in Friday. Again there is a rap part, but this time done by Nicole herself (with a lot of swagger nonetheless). I think that these raps are better for children today instead of listening to people rap about sex, drugs or shoving a gerbil up one’s ass. Lastly we clearly see how both songs promote positive thinking as we hear the lines we so excited (Friday) and we are gonna have a good time (It’s Thanksgiving) several times.

I thought the biggest difference was that while Rebecca was indecisive and didn’t know which seat to sit in, Nicole knew exactly what she wanted to eat. We hear her referencing turkey and mash potatoes several times. What makes this song so popular (it received almost seven million views since being released a week ago) is the use of repetitive words such as we and thank you. This technique is seen in other hit songs like Ke$ha’s Tik Tok, Justin Bieber’s Baby and of course the song that inspired this one, Friday. This is the standard aspiring singers and songwriters should follow if they want to be successful.

If there’s one thing I learned from this video, it’s that you will have a good time if you dress up as a turkey and party with prepubescent children. I’m Canadian so my Thanksgiving already passed, but it’s not too early to start planning how I’m going to spend next year’s holiday.

Categories: Bulletin, Humour

Overthinking Much?

November 8, 2012 1 comment

Thanks Jason for sharing this comic from Drawing Board.

Categories: Humour

Lawl

September 20, 2012 Leave a comment

 

How much does a hipster weigh?

 

An instagram

 

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Cards Against Humanity

June 12, 2012 Leave a comment

If you haven’t played Cards Against Humanity, then you’re missing out on a whole lot of fun and giggles. It’s essentially a politically incorrect version of Apples to Apples. You can buy the official set or print your own cards from their website (it’s only $9 to have the cards printed and cut at Staples).

Warning: this game is not suitable for weak players who get offended easily 🙂

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Wau

March 13, 2012 Leave a comment

I don’t think I’ve ever been trolled this badly before…but seriously this is the number wau video math geeks (and everyone else) should watch…

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Bulimia – More Common Than You Thought

December 15, 2011 1 comment

**Edited re-post from a facebook note I wrote last year**

Are you feeling stressed out this time of year? Tired due to lack of sleep? Have your eating habits drastically changed? Experiencing weight fluctuations within a short time period? Spending more time in isolation feeling depressed? Has your self-esteem fallen thinking you’re not good enough like other role models you see? Going through long periods of time without ingesting anything then suddenly binging and purging in a span of two weeks like there’s no tomorrow?

I’m not talking about food here. I’m talking about binging and purging INFORMATION.

If you experience all of the above symptoms, then I’m sorry to say that you have ACADEMIC BULIMIA.

DIAGNOSIS

Academic bulimia is common among undergraduate students affecting both males and females equally. However younger students in the IB program have also shown similar behaviour patterns. Typically the student goes through an entire semester neglecting most of his or her coursework until “final exam” season. During this two-week period the student absorbs huge amounts of information from books and lecture notes at astonishing rates, aka cramming. On the day of the final exam the student slowly expels all the information he or she has managed to memorize. After several minutes of what did u get for #3? and how many words did u write for #5?, the student walks home retaining very little memory of the course.

These series of unfortunate incidences are caused by one’s desire to fit in and conform to expectations of high grades set by others. By others I mean one’s parents. The misinformed student believes that failure will lead to horrendous consequences which explains why he or she goes through such extreme lengths to meet those demands.

PROGNOSIS

It is very encouraging that this affliction lasts for only 2 weeks and future incidences of academic bulimia are very predictable. After final exam season, the student starts socializing with everyone else again and will binge on alcohol this time as opposed to information. Often the student will discard all class notes and start selling textbooks if he or she decides not to burn them. This cycle lasts until one obtains a Bachelor’s Degree. Exceptions include those seeking entry into medical school. Only the best bingers and purgers are accepted and even then, they will have to take their binging and purging to a whole new level for another 4 to 8 years.

TREATMENT

If you see a friend or stranger exhibiting at least one of the above-mentioned symptoms, don’t hesitate to interrupt them. After all, who wants to lie in bed sick with the flu because he or she didn’t get enough sleep? You can start by directing them to this blog where I deconstruct society’s misconceptions that one has to sacrifice everything to live up to others’ high expectations. So take your studious friend outside, enjoy the sunshine and not talk about the different functions of the 12 cranial nerves or the structures of each amino acid. Ask that cute girl or guy sitting across from you in the library out to lunch so they won’t feel like a social outcast. I don’t know about you guys, but I’d pick a hot date night over a cramming session any day.

Categories: Education, Humour