about out of sightA site of original and unoriginal content meant to entertain and inform. Out of Sight is edited by JJ O'Donoghue and William Hilderbrandt.
more about out of sightIf 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.
one more thing on out of sightOut 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.
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.
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.
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Here’s my lesson in life - of life - if to err is to be human, then to complain is to be even more human. We humans love it. For example, “God, it’s so friggin hot, I wish it would rain (usually heard after a day of plus 20 degrees in Ireland). “Why they don’t they shut up already about swine flu? Stupid government, stupid media, stupid everything.” Now, there is a fine line between simply ovbserving and moving on, to say, following up on an observation. As in to complain. Which is where our great bureacratic, too regulated/not regulated enough agencies kick in.
The Advertising Standards Authority in the UK has released details of the most controversial ads, based on the number of complaints they received form concerned citizens. I admire complainers, for as much as our society is geared to grieveance airing, thru all those nonsense feedback procedures, customer service procedures and awful middle of the day radio talk shows aimed at bitter stay-at-home mothers and the near dead, more often than not, complaining is a waste of time, your time. That’s actually a complaint I have about the complaints procedure.
Anyway, coming in at number nine on the ASA’s most complained ads is one from Specsavers using footage of French singer Edith Piaf singing her signature song Je Ne Regrette Rien with subtitles making it appear that she “should have gone to Specsavers”.
The ASA received 123 complaints from the public, many who felt that the ad trivialised “Little Sparrow’s” tragic life. And they were right, but the ASA did not uphold their complaint, because it said the ad did not cause widespread offense. But that’s ad people for you, they walk all over your grave while singing your song to sell their glasses.
The bigger point here is that one should never stop complaining, because you have lost something inherently human. Or worse turned in to an ad man.