As those of you who visit us regularly know, we’ve recently changed this site’s name to Twin Images, and subsequently we’ve changed our URL from twinsanity.co to twinimages.blog. As of right now, clicking on the former will redirect you to the latter.
This brings us to what I’m about to type now: today we’ve opted not to renew the domain twinsanity.co, as we don’t need to be paying for 2 domains, especially since 1 of them belongs to an earlier moniker that we’ve stopped using a while ago.. As such, the URL twinsanity.co will expire on June 23, 2022. After that, you won’t be able to use that address to get to this site anymore; you’ll only be able to use twinimages.blog.
So from here on out, start using twinimages.blog as our only WordPress URL. twinsanity.co will only be active for another month; after June 23, you won’t be able to reach this site by typing the old domain anymore. Our Tumblr page is still twin-images.tumblr.com. That hasn’t changed.
P.S.: I know we’ve been on hiatus for quite a while now, bear with us. There’s just a lot going with us in real life right now, among those things are us preparing for the upcoming format change. Rebranding, switching mediums and upgrading is a lot of work! We are working on new stuff for this site, and it will be worth the wait. We promise.
For those who follow us (or wish to follow us) on Tumblr: you may have noticed that if you click on the Twinsanitycomedy URL, it takes you to nowhere. That’s because we’ve officially entered the first stage of our big rebrand, specifically to our site/brand/channel’s new name, which will be Twin Images. As such, the name of our Tumblr blog has changed; you can now find us at twin-images.tumblr.com. (Don’t forget the dash; I thought it looked weird as one word.) In time, this site’s name will be changed as well (UPDATE: as of this writing, we’ve just purchased the domain name twinimages.blog for the WordPress site); we changed it at Tumblr first because a) we’re a little more active on Tumblr right now and b) the site upgrade is going to require more work, as we’re planning to put different types of content on here, so the format on our WordPress site will definitely be changing more than just the name. The future blog posts (what few there are) will be more reminiscent of the micro-blog posts we do on Tumblr; the ‘big’ entries (your That’s Warner Bros., Retroville, The Couch et al) will take the form of videos or vlogs. When the new name is implemented here, for the first year you’ll be able to click on the current URL and it will redirect you to the new one; after that initial year, the old URL will expire and the new one will become the only URL.
When this site’s name changes to Twin Images, we won’t be going back to change the previous mentions of the old Twinsanity name in the previous blog posts, since as previously stated, we’ll be making different types of content here, so the Twinsanity blog posts belong to an earlier tradition. All of the Twinsanity blog posts will be archived so you can still visit them even after the format changes.
I’ll keep this post pinned for a while just in case anybody who follows us on Tumblr or wants to visit our Tumblr page might be confused (I thought that maybe I should’ve waited until the weekend was over to make the change, but here we are; we can’t put toothpaste back in the tube). Again, on Tumblr we are now located at twin-images.tumblr.com (don’t forget the dash). Here on WordPress you will be redirected to twinimages.blog (no dash).
Hope you’ve all had a good holiday and we wish you all a happy and prosperous new year. We couldn’t wait to kick the tail end of 2021 to the curb and start anew. That said, on to the meat of this post:
No, we’re not ready to fully resume production just yet; we’re still recovering from the holidays and we both are taking a bit of a mental health break, but new stuff is on the way, expect to see new posts and things to start cropping up within the upcoming months.
Jason covered some of this already, but just to keep you folks updated on what’s to come here, some of the site’s recurring segments have either been retired, retooled or renamed slightly. Some examples:
The segment formerly known as TV Special Showdown will now be known as TV Special Tonight!. Jason felt that the previous name sounded too confrontational and no longer fit the format as the segment has over time stopped taking the stance of “We’re gonna tear this crappy TV special a new one!” and has gravitated more towards “Hey, check out this kooky TV special we remember; let’s have fun joking about its’ absurdities!”. (Fun fact: the new name was partially inspired by the song “TV Party Tonight” by Black Flag.)
I’ve recently put the Retro Bin segment on ice, while its’ flip side segment, the Cartoon Couch, will continue under the new moniker The Couch.
It’ll be basically be the same segment as before, just with a new name and without its’ negative counterpart. Now you may be asking:
Good question. It’s because I originally created The Cartoon Couch to be the opposite of The Retro Bin (both are lookbacks at animated shows from the past, but while The Retro Bin took a very snarky, critical approach to the shows, the shows spotlighted on The Cartoon Couch we had a particular fondness for, or at least felt that they had potential or were deserving of more praise than they received; as we continued to work on both segments, we found ourselves enjoying doing the positive ones more and we’ve grown really tired of the ‘Angry Review” format), and even though we’re basically retiring The Retro Bin, the 2 segments are inexorably tied to one another — like opposite sides of the same coin –and it just wouldn’t feel right keeping one title without the other.
So if The Cartoon Couch is going to exist on its’ own from now on, it needs to establish its’ own identity, hence the name change.
The segments known as Ad Nausea and Toon Adjacent will hereinafter be absorbed and combined into a single segment known as Retroville.
Retroville will take fun deep dives into all kinds of retro kitsch: defunct retailers, restaurants, ad campaigns, product mascots, toys, theme park attractions, you name it. We’ve been looking forward to doing this one for a while; I can’t wait to start busting out with Retroville segments. We’re pop-culture sponges who watched a ton of TV, so this should be fun.
The above were all more or less covered by Jason previously; the following is something we’ve been kicking back and forth for a little while, and I didn’t want to reveal this unless it looked like it could actually happen, and since it might, here it is:
We might, repeat, MIGHT, be parting ways with the name Twinsanity.
At least we won’t have to juggle a plethora of alternate choices; if we do change this site’s name, it will be to one of two alternates: Twin Images or The Razzle Dazzle Show.
The former is the name we’ve been calling our comedy ‘troupe’ for years now; we actually saw the name on a record album (remember those?) that we saw one day years ago at W. Bell & Co. (remember that?). The latter is a homage to the Saturday Morning show starring the comedy/musical group the Hudson Brothers, which ran from September 7, 1974 to August 30, 1975.
For no particular reason, here’s the intro (for those who aren’t ancient enough to have seen it):
So yeah, you can probably see what attracted us to that name. It seems to combine fun, flash and pure corn, just like our site.
No need to freak out; if, and again that’s IF, we do decide to change the site’s name, you won’t have to memorize a new URL…at least not right away. Thankfully, WordPress give users the option to either replace the URL entirely or it can redirect viewers to the new one directly from the previous one. If we decide to go with a new name, we’ll enact the latter option and then when everyone’s used to and has had time to store the new URL, we’ll switch it to the new one, and of course if the name of the WordPress site changes, our companion Tumblr page will also take on the new name. Unified branding and all that.
We’re literally going back and forth on this, so we’ll put the question out to you guys. (I’d do it as a poll, but if there’s a way to polls on here, I don’t know what it is.) Would you guys be cool with a name change, or would you rather we stick to Twinsanity? Let us know in the comments (and I shouldn’t have to tell you that spam, hate, insulting or trollish comments will not be tolerated or posted).
Well, that’s all for now. More updates as they happen. Thanks for sticking with us through this strange, strange trip, we look forward to posting here more regularly soon, we’re still planning that big leap to video production, so we’ll keep you informed on that as things go along, again Happy New Year, here’s hoping 2022 is a good one, and keep on boogeying down.
The following is NOT big news. Nothing Earth shattering to report here. This is just a quick heads-up regarding some recent adjustments that will likely be made to a few of our recurring segments in the near future.
Presently, there aren’t any plans for a new TV Special Showdown segment, but when we do write another one, the segment will likely be getting a new name. Why? Because when I first conceived TV Special Showdown, I was very much inspired by Matthew Buck’s Bad Movie Beatdown segments. However, while the segment was initially inspired by BMB, over time as it progressed, the segment became more of its own thing. The TSS segments became more smart aleck-y than angry, primarily because we both have grown weary of the “angry review” type of presentation and I never wanted to be known as a reviewer, as I don’t consider what we do on TV Special Showdown to be reviews. To me, including the word “showdown” in the segment’s name comes off as being needlessly confrontational, like I’m coming into it angry and ready to rip the special apart, which isn’t always the case. Therefore, whenever the segment resumes, it will have a new name that better reflects its current style. I haven’t decided on what exactly the new name will be just yet. One name that we’re considering is one that Damon suggested for the segment initially: A Very Special Special. I thought about calling it Prime Times, but that name sounds more like it’s about prime time TV in general. We both like the title ACME Night and I like the title of Allison Pregler’s Movie Nights!, so perhaps we could give the segments a name similar to one of those. I won’t be going back and changing the names of all the previously written Showdown segments because there’s too many of them and I am lazy. When there’s a new segment written, you’ll notice that it has a new name. Like how Videots was recently renamed Player Two Start this year or how Cartoon Country was morphed into That’s Warner Brothers!.
Toon Adjacent and Ad Nausea won’t be going anywhere, but our more recent segment idea Retroville contains elements of both. On Retroville, we plan to cover old ad campaigns, defunct store chains, theme park attractions, toy lines, that kind of thing, and so having this new segment and the 2 earlier ones floating around separately seems redundant. When we want to write something about an old commercial or a store or a collectible or something similar, we’ll cover it on Retroville.
We may be putting The Retro Bin on ice for a while, not so much because of the content, but more so due to it’s presentation. Like with TV Special Showdown, we both were very much into the “Angry Reviewer” phase when Retro Bin was launched. So much so that Damon later created an alternative “nice” version of The Retro Bin called The Cartoon Couch (which was basically the same thing, except the shows covered on Cartoon Couch were shows or ideas that we liked and would like to see more of), which has since become one of our favorite segments to write. As is the case with TV Special Showdown, there aren’t any current ideas for a new Cartoon Couch in the works, but we would like to do more of them. It’s possible that we could be combining both segments into one. However, presentation-wise, it would be closer to The Cartoon Couch than The Retro Bin. In fact, one name that Damon is currently considering to call this combined segment is The Couch, which is kind of ironic because there was an unsold Comedy Central pilot called The Couch which is what inspired the Cartoon Couch name. Again, like with TV Special Showdown, we’re not going to go back and change the names of all the previously written Retro Bin and Cartoon Couch segments because there’s too many of them and they go back too far. Once we have a new name, the segments will have that name going forward.
Just wanted you all to know this so when any of this actually happens, you won’t be surprised. Thank again for reading and staying with us.