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A site of original and unoriginal content meant to entertain and inform. Out of Sight is edited by JJ O'Donoghue and William Hilderbrandt.

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If this site had to be summed up in one word and a preceding parenthetical phrase, then it would be (hopefully) entertaining. Think of it as an archive of some of the most interesting articles, videos, photography, and miscellany that JJ and William find online.

Presently the two have hopes of expanding the site to include some of their own work, and when they do just watch the hilarity ensue.

In the meantime please leave comments on posts - whether you like or dislike - and make suggestions as to what you want to see more of. For some of you it's more tits and ass, for others you prefer men with beards, and for one of you (you know who I am talking about) it's all about jam.

one more thing on out of sight

Out of sight is Will and JJ's attempt to get noticed and invited on daytime TV or any Fox TV show. Before out of sight, there was rich and creamy, a hugely popular blog for spammers who wanted to sell us penis enhancing products. They were wasting their time.

But to stick to the augmentation analogy, out of sight at its best is a brain enhancing website. That's a radical statement guys.

What you'll find on the site is a ménage à trois of humour, skepticism, intelligence and titilation. We really enjoy comments and recommendations and we hope to build up a community of followers so that we then add a subscription wall and take on the Financial Times or Playboy. Or just get jobs with them.

who is this stud william?

William lives in Paris. At the start of 2009 he left London and all his friends and his bad job to come to France, where he hardly speaks the language, to be with his girlfriend. Officially he is very happy to finally be living with her but occasionally he does get nostalgic for London.

He grew up in the US - Oklahoma (please do not hum the musical!) - and studied philosophy before going to London for a Master's in journalism. His work has not been published by the best in the industry, such as The New York Times, The Atlantic Monthly, The Economist, Mother Jones, McSweeney's, and many, many more.

Currently he is freelancing at radio and TV gigs, slowly acquiring technical skills he hopes he can eventually use to make documentary and feature films that one day will not be produced by some of the world's best film studios.

who is this wise guy jj?

Quite early on in life JJ discovered that he was a fabricator. In 2006 his mum and dad invited him to leave their home in Cork, Ireland and head for London, where he now resides, to shake up the city. He cycles hard, drinks hard and blogs harder. You get the picture.

Currently he's alive, and, like most people his age he's 29. He longs for the day Japan get's moved right next to Ireland, and that Cork wins the world series in hurling. More than anything else he want's a book deal. Failing that a decent sandwich with French mustard, mayonnaise and Ballymaloe relish in it.

28 August 09
Kurskaya subway station (pictured above) in Moscow has re-opened after a yearlong restoration. The vestibule looks more at home in a mansion. Apart from its glamour the other notable feature is the inscription on the rotunda, which reads: “Stalin reared us — on loyalty to the people. He inspired us to labour and to heroism.” No mention of the Great Purge, the gulags and the famine which happened under Stalin’s reign. The NYTimes has more on the re-Stalinisation of Russia.

Kurskaya subway station (pictured above) in Moscow has re-opened after a yearlong restoration. The vestibule looks more at home in a mansion. Apart from its glamour the other notable feature is the inscription on the rotunda, which reads: “Stalin reared us — on loyalty to the people. He inspired us to labour and to heroism.” No mention of the Great Purge, the gulags and the famine which happened under Stalin’s reign. The NYTimes has more on the re-Stalinisation of Russia.

Tags: stalin russia
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27 August 09
These photos are by Pieter Hugo, one of my favourite photographers, especially seeing as I picked up his book “The Hyena & Other Men” for £3. This series is from Nollywood, Nigeria’s film making industry. Hugo asked his subjects, all actors and assistants, “to recreate Nollywood myths and symbols as if they were on movie sets.”
I saw a few Nollywood movies a few years back in Zimbabwe, they are unlike anything I had even seen before. The narratives are simple and the settings are ordinary. It’s so far removed from Hollywood it’s jarring. [thanks, Sabine]

These photos are by Pieter Hugo, one of my favourite photographers, especially seeing as I picked up his book “The Hyena & Other Men” for £3. This series is from Nollywood, Nigeria’s film making industry. Hugo asked his subjects, all actors and assistants, “to recreate Nollywood myths and symbols as if they were on movie sets.”

I saw a few Nollywood movies a few years back in Zimbabwe, they are unlike anything I had even seen before. The narratives are simple and the settings are ordinary. It’s so far removed from Hollywood it’s jarring. [thanks, Sabine]

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25 August 09

Picthfork, an online music magazine, has been compiling its top 500 songs of the 2000s. “All My Friends” my personal favourite track from LCD Soundsystem is up there at number two. Below is the top 10. Click through to listen to the songs.

10. Arcade Fire, “Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)”
9. Animal Collective, “My Girls”
8. Radiohead, “Idioteque”
7. Missy Elliott, “Get Ur Freak On”
6. Yeah Yeah Yeahs, “Maps”
5. Daft Punk, “One More Time”
4. Beyonce [ft. Jay-Z], “Crazy in Love”
3. M.I.A. [ft. Bun B and Rich Boy], “Paper Planes (Diplo Remix)”
2. LCD Soundsystem, “All My Friends”
1. OutKast, “B.O.B.”

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Posted: 1:29 PM

Teeing up for the Olympics

Golf has made it past the first hurdle on its way to becoming an official Olympic sport. It will be deiced in October whether it will make it on the roster of the 2016 games, which could be held in Tokyo, one of the current favourites to host the summer games.

Japan is a golf mad country, well middle-aged Japanese men are nuts about the game. I think most people who would spend hours in pursuit of a tiny hole are nuts. Other than that initial whack golf is all about control and decoroum and added to this Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez denounced golf as “a bourgeois sport.”

Now Chavez is another fully fledged card-carrying nut so he’s well placed to know, even if has never attired himself in plus fours. There was a period during the late nineties that Ireland was on the verge of being turned into one giant golfcourse, with holiday homes and apartments lining the fair ways. The nadir came with hosting the Ryder Cup in 2006 and then the bubble burst. We should stick with the Eurovision.

Anyway, I will end on this illumintaing study by Sports Illustrated of PGA golfers from 2006: of 76 P.G.A. tour players: 88% supported the invasion of Iraq; and 0% had seen “Brokeback Mountain.”

Tags: golf olympics
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24 August 09
The Lens blog has a slideshow on some of the most famous incidents of doctoring famous photos. Above is the so-called “Falling Soldier” taken by Robert Capa during the Spanish Civil War. In a book published this year by José Manuel Susperregu concludes that the Capa photo was almost certainly staged.

The Lens blog has a slideshow on some of the most famous incidents of doctoring famous photos. Above is the so-called “Falling Soldier” taken by Robert Capa during the Spanish Civil War. In a book published this year by José Manuel Susperregu concludes that the Capa photo was almost certainly staged.

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Posted: 3:13 PM

Funny ones

The BBC has published some of the best and worst jokes of the year as judged by a panel at the Edinburgh comedy festival. I like this one from comedian Dan Antopoloski: "I’ve been reading the news about there being a civil war in Madagascar. Well, I’ve seen it six times and there isn’t."

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Posted: 2:51 PM

From babesonbikes awesome cycling shenanigans.

Tags: video cycling
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Posted: 2:48 PM

I have no idea what this video, suitably enough called “Winkers”, is about. However, it is the kind of thing that either Will or me would be hugely proud of if we had created it.

Tags: video humour
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21 August 09

Expect a lot of pointing fingers at the Japanese over the next few months for their fishing practises as exposed in the “The Cove”. Here’s a three second synopsis: “The Cove” is a documentary film documenting the annual killing of more than 2,500 dolphins in a cove at Taiji, Wakayama in Japan.” And here, to my mind anyway, is a decent critique of the film from IMDb:

In the end, the filmmakers undermines their own credibility and the validity of any point of view they might hold. I watched this movie with an open mind as I do everything. They have really blown it with this stinker. They have shown how a bias movie should be made. That is about all this show is worth. A lesson in untruths and treason. They have belittled the Fishermen of Japan so they can spill this form of trash movie that Micheal Moore so frequently makes. They are endowed with these tasks by brave harpoonists that fight to keep a meal on the table… Thank you Mr. Film-maker for the comedy clown show you made in this film!!!!! Nevertheless, all that has not stopped them from getting rich on an amusingly bundled package of half-truths and some outright lies.

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Posted: 12:13 PM

"Lost Cause" from Beck just popped up on 8Tracks, the music streaming service I listen to most often. I am a fan of Spotify, but its ad rate has qaudrupled and is really get annoying. Anyway, this song is probably my favourite Beckensian - can you say that? - piece. Very melancholic but beautiful.

Tags: beck video music
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Posted: 12:06 AM

Ol trabente, el mundo marco, super fasto Usaino Bolto. Muy bueno. Yeah I do Spanish as well. Just watch the video; Usain knocks another few milliseconds off another world record. He’s breaking records like Kevin breaks wind.

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20 August 09

as a matter of fact #17

Pyongyang, the capital of North Korea, does not have traffic lights. Instead it has pretty female traffic directors to manage the few cars on the streets. Reuters

More than 45 million Americans now belong to a health club, up from 23 million in 1993.  Around $19bn (£11bn) a year is spent on gym memberships. Time

The UK builds the smallest houses in Europe. The average room in a newly built dwelling in France is 26.9 square metres, compared with 15.8 square metres in the UK. The average floor space of a newly built home in the US is three times the size of its UK equivalent. BBC News.

A short article about a Norwiegan actress became the three millionth article penned on the English version of the free online encylpodeia Wikipedia. Time

An oil field off Australia’s north-western coast sold to PetroChina for $41bn (£25bn) is the largest trade deal ever conducted in Australian history. BBC News

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19 August 09

Right so if you don’t like what appears to be a string of sausages being ripped out from your insides, then look away because this is “Grotesque.” No really it is. That’s the name of the film. It’s just been banned in the UK. The censor said: “The chief pleasure on offer seems to be in the spectacle of sadism (including sexual sadism) for its own sake.” Well, here’s the trailer.

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Posted: 1:45 PM

Eating not exercise makes you thin

Time has a lengthy but interesting article on the merits of exercise and diet in the battle to shed weight. According to conventional wisdom exercise is the key to weigth loss - hence the huge boom in gym membership. But, according to Time “the past few years of obesity research show that the role of exercise in weight loss has been wildly overstated.”

The basic problem is that while it’s true that exercise burns calories and that you must burn calories to lose weight, exercise has another effect: it can stimulate hunger. That causes us to eat more, which in turn can negate the weight-loss benefits we just accrued. Exercise, in other words, isn’t necessarily helping us lose weight. It may even be making it harder.

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Posted: 1:00 PM

There’s a thin line between organised violence and sport, especially in Kerry. Things get a little hot between the minors from Moyvane and Castleisland. At aorund 0.43 it sounds like there’s shots being fired. There’s passion for you.

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Themed by Hunson. Originally by Josh