8/30/2013

The "Geek Twin" babies, Nigel (Left), Maurice (Right)


Frequently Asked Questions: Are You Guys Really Twins?
One of the most frequently asked questions we get is if we're really twins. Despite the fact that our blog name and "About" page clearly imply that we are, in fact, twins.

There are a bunch of reasons why people ask us. Here's a list of the most common ones I've heard:
  • It's a clever marketing ploy.
  • Our name is a take-off on the "Wonder Twins" in the 70s Superfriends cartoon show.
  • We're a group of bloggers pretending to be twins named "Maurice and Nigel."
  • There's only one guy and he pretends to be a set of identical twins. I wish I'd thought of this, so you may hear about our "long lost" sextuplet brothers in the near future.
  • We're brothers, but not actually twins.
  • We're twins, but not identical.
  • We're "Twins." Whatever the "air quotes" mean.
When we started the blog we thought playing up the twin angle was lame, so we made no effort to promote it. We also chose not to emphasize that we're black, since that doesn't really make a difference to us.

I've come to realize that we were wrong on both counts. That's what marketing guys call "Product Differentiation." There are a bazillion science fiction blogs, but how many are run by black twins? Only 3 million. Plus or minus 2,999,999.

So, next week, we're changing our name to "The-Real-and-True-Twins-Who-Are-African-American-Black-Guys-Who-Love-Science-Fiction-Despite-the-Cultural-Bias-Against-Black-People-Liking-Science-Fiction."

It's a little long, so we may just go by the acronym: TRTTWAAABGWLSFDCBABPLSF. I think the domain is still available.

Anyway, to hopefully settle it once and for all, here are our "non-photoshopped" baby pictures. Or is it...? (Cue evil laugh)

On a serious note, we will try and share more of what makes the "Geek Twins" the geek twins.

Do you (finally) believe that we're really identical twins?

Here are this week's top ten geekiest bit of the Internet.

Links

10. Round-Up: Ben Affleck is Batman
The news that Ben Affleck is playing Batman has been discussed by nerds everywhere including Abraham Lincoln, but here are just two of the interesting blogs discussing the topic
9. How Fanboys Decide What Role Idris Elba Would Be Good In - A Flow Chart (via The Non-Review)
I love this...
8. 28 Reasons to Move to Gotham (via Motovo)
Loose dress codes, driving distance to Metropolis and funny residents makes it a great place to live!

7. James Spader Cast as Ultron in AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON! (via GeekTyrant)

6. Fans May Have Gotten Vin Diesel Cast in Guardians of the Galaxy (via Bleeding Cool)
Vin Diesel Says That Marvel Originally Wanted Him For “A Fresh IP” Not Guardians Of The Galaxy BUT because of fan support they're talking to him about being in the upcoming Marvel film.

Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, Diesel said:
There was a while there where the fans were really demanding an immediate answer. What we were initially talking about was a fresh IP. And that was the focus of our conversation, a fresh IP that would come out in 2016 or 2017 and potentially launch the third phase. When we went to Comic Con, we realised that people wanted something a little bit more immediate. But with my production slate, with my schedule, it was almost impossible to imagine I could do anything immediate.
I guess that after they watched Iron Giant, or whatever, they came up with this idea of taking this, the strangest Marvel character that’s ever hit film and thought about what I could do with that with motion capture and with my voice.
5. Sandra Bullock Calls ‘Gravity’ The “Most Challenging” Thing She’s Ever Done (via Deadline)
The early reviews have been strong for this film about astronauts stuck in space, so this looks like another big role for Bullock and Clooney.

4. Chinese news site posts Battlestar Galactica as real aircraft carrier design (via Blastr, BBC)


Design images of sci-fi favourite Battlestar Galactica were apparently used by a Chinese state website to illustrate an article about aircraft carriers.

3. Collider says Stop Asking for Bryan Cranston to Play Lex Luthor

2. Mark Millar Says The Fantastic Four Movie Will Take Place In X-Men Movie Universe (via Bleeding Cool)
Millar said:
Without question I think you have to see some of these guys showing up in each other’s movies. I think the most exciting thing in superhero movies, until The Avengers came along, was when Nick Fury showed up in Iron Man. Even though it was a guy with an eye patch it was really cool – and I expect we will see more of that.
1. Sci-Fi and Fantasy Weapons as Minimalist Splatter Poster Art (via GeekTyrant)

"The series was created by Etsy seller Harshness, and if you're interested in buying a print of any of these, click here."

Reviews

Movies

  • Oblivion (2013)
    Official Summary:Jack Harper (Cruise) is one of the last few drone repairmen stationed on Earth. Part of a massive operation to extract vital resources after decades of war with a terrifying threat known as the Scavs, Jack’s mission is nearly complete.  Living and patrolling the breathtaking skies from thousands of feet above, his soaring existence is brought crashing down when he rescues a beautiful stranger from a downed spacecraft. Her arrival triggers a chain of events that forces him to question everything he knows and puts the fate of humanity in his hands
    Director Joseph Kosinski wanted to create an homage to old science fiction shows like Twilight Zone and it does a great job. Unfortunately, it's mind-numbingly slow in the beginning before turning into a mindless action film by the end. While the film is beautiful and has some great twists, it just doesn't feel like an epic film. It feels more like a 30-minute episode of Twilight Zone stretched to a movie. It's worth watching on video though, so I recommend it. I'd also recommend watching Moon, since it has a similar concept. (Recommended)
    If you've seen Oblivion what did you think?

  • The Host (2013)
    Official Summary: In this tantalizing SF thriller, planet-hopping parasites are inserting their silvery centipede selves into human brains, curing cancer, eliminating war and turning Earth into paradise. From Stephenie Meyer, the creator of the worldwide phenomenon The Twilight Saga, comes this daring and romantic thriller based on The New York Times #1 bestselling novel. When an unseen enemy threatens mankind by taking over humans' bodies and erasing their minds, Melanie Stryder (Saoirse Ronan) risks everything to protect the people she cares about most, proving that love can conquer all in a dangerous new world. The Host is a passionate and powerful epic love story co-starring Diane Kruger, Jake Abel, Frances Fisher, Max Irons and William Hurt.
    Stephanie Meyer, creator of the Twilight books and movies, tried to recreate the success of her vampire films wit this science-fiction film. She failed. I've never gotten into the Twilight films, but this seems like the exact opposite of those movies. It's slow and dull with a confusing bunch of love triangles with the same person. One character is in love with the alien Wanda even though he's never met her. So there are scenes where the character is kissing one guy and then kissing another guy and we're supposed to swoon. The biggest problem with this film is the actor playing Wanda\Melonie. All the characters are supposed to fall in love with her by the end, but I'm not sure why. She played the character devoid of any personality.
    (Not Recommended)
    If you've seen The Host what did you think?
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11 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

TRTTWAAABGWLSFDCBABPLSF!!!!! I just scared everyone in my cubicle with a bark of laughter. That is awesome.
Spader is looking old. And I don't think he's that much older than me.
Think the Chinese plan to build that aircraft carrier?
And don't worry - no plans to watch The Host. However, Oblivion was really good and I bought the Bluray DVD.

DAVID WALSTON said...

Love the links. I never doubted this Blogs twinness. The Host...NO MORE "TWILIGHTING "!!! Is Idris Elba a long lost TWIN? The Lightsaber minimalist art has a cool samurai feel.

Pat Dilloway said...

Your description makes The Host sound exactly like Twilight. I expect any day now Donald Trump will be demanding to see your birth certificates.

jeremy [retro] said...

wait you guys are twins? i think i only ever see one of you responding... did you cover alter-ego or super hero status? great post i like james spader...

TS Hendrik said...

I was laughing through the twins segment. I believe you, I believe you. I like the idea of just one person pretending to be twins though. Sounds like the kind of thing I'd do on TNR.


I've been on the fence about seeing Oblivion, but with your comparison to Moon I guess I'll give it a shot.


I'm with the collider article on Cranston and Lex Luther. I think with Ben Affleck we're getting an A-lister. Too many big names will just overshadow Cavill. I know it also seems inevitable, but I don't even want Lex in the next film. Let him sit in the shadows a bit. Ultimately, with the ever so subtle setup, I'd like to see for the third or fourth film Conduit.


Thanks for the shout out. Glad you liked my flow chart.

Maurice Mitchell said...

I've read that many think the YA genre of movies is dying out. They haven't had as much success since Twilight and Hunger Games. I won't miss it. Elba is our triplet brother David. Didn't you hear?

Maurice Mitchell said...

Glad you got a laugh Alex! Yeah, I saw you bought the Target one too! Great choice.

Maurice Mitchell said...

He'll also say we were born in Hawaii and have the middle name Hussein.

Maurice Mitchell said...

That's a new one Jeremy. I hope it comes up now. :)

Maurice Mitchell said...

Thanks Tim! I told you you weren't the only to ask. You should totally have an evil twin on TNR man and thanks for the chart.

Nigel Mitchell said...

Yeah I don't comment much

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