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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.

10 August 09

Technology killed the family

The New York Times has a feature on the incursion of technology into the American family. The Gude family from Michigan prefer text messaging over talking:

"The Gudes’ sons sleep with their phones next to their beds, so they start the day with text messages in place of alarm clocks. Mr. Gude, an instructor at Michigan State University, sends texts to his two sons to wake up.

We use texting as an in-house intercom,” he said. “I could just walk upstairs, but they always answer their texts.”

Gone are the days when you’d be fighting for the bathroom, nowadays it’s the computer.

Web metric companies say internet traffic surges in the morning as families all over the country wake up and sleep walk to their computers to check their multiple email and social-networking accounts.

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21 July 09
Great caption (below) for an awful photo. Just stumbled on the great site that is kidsthatwanttokillthemselves.
This baby will become a Goth one day…

Great caption (below) for an awful photo. Just stumbled on the great site that is kidsthatwanttokillthemselves.

This baby will become a Goth one day…

Reblogged: ihatemyparents

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8 July 09

Google to launch operating system

It’s big news here, and I am quite curious to see how this turns out. I still haven’t gotten behind Google Chrome but that’s not because it isn’t a good product so much as I am very content with my Safari browser. However, what if Google can do what it does best - refine, update, and innovate - for the operating system as it has already done for email, browsers, sharing files, and synching applications, not to mention a search engine. From the article:

"We’re designing the OS to be fast and lightweight, to start up and get you onto the web in a few seconds," said the blog post written by Sundar Pichai, vice president of product management, and Google’s engineering director Linus Upson. Both men said that "the operating systems that browsers run on were designed in an era where there was no web" and that this OS is "our attempt to re-think what operating systems should be".
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Posted: 9:52 AM
One of the best tributes to Michael Jackson that I’ve seen yet is the Eternal Moonwalk. Just take a video and submit it along with your name and location. Kind of hypnotic to watch how bad most people are (endearing in a way) and to wait for those few who are quite good.

One of the best tributes to Michael Jackson that I’ve seen yet is the Eternal Moonwalk. Just take a video and submit it along with your name and location. Kind of hypnotic to watch how bad most people are (endearing in a way) and to wait for those few who are quite good.

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24 June 09

The Atlantic on The Economist

Everyone knows the print industry has taken heavy blows. With an air of Nietszche, our friend Mr Oyry proudly declared print to be dead. But The Atlantic's Michael Hirschorn sizes up the newsweeklies - the rapidly fading US titles Time and Newsweek and contrasts them to the increasing success of the UK’s The Economist. There is some nice objective criticism - hits and praise - for each title in here, so it’s worth a read.

True, The Economist virtually never gets scoops, and the information it does provide is available elsewhere … if you care to spend 20 hours Googling. But now that information is infinitely replicable and pervasive, original reporting will never again receive its due. The real value of The Economist lies in its smart analysis of everything it deems worth knowing—and smart packaging, which may be the last truly unique attribute in the digital age.

For a magazine that effectively blogged avant la lettre, The Economist has never had much digital savvy. It offered a complex mix of free and paid content (rarely a winning strategy) until two years ago and was so unprepared for the Internet that it couldn’t even secure theeconomist.com as its Web domain. (It later tried, unsuccessfully, to claim the URL.) Today, access to the site is free of charge, excepting deep archival material, but while editors have made some desultory efforts at adding social-networking features, most of the magazine’s readers seem to have no idea the site exists. While other publications whore themselves to Google, The Huffington Post, and the Drudge Report, almost no one links to The Economist. It sits primly apart from the orgy of link love elsewhere on the Web.

This turns out to have been a lucky accident. Unlike practically all other media “brands,” The Economist remains primarily a print product, and it is valued accordingly. In other words, readers continue to believe its stories have some value. As a result, The Economist has become a living test case of the path not taken by Time and Newsweek, whose Web strategies have succeeded in grabbing eyeballs (Time has 4.7 million unique users a month, and Newsweekhas 2 million, compared with The Economist’s 700,000, according to one measure) while dooming their print products to near irrelevance.

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19 June 09

The annual Webby Awards recognise internet excellence. Strictly speaking, it’s not quite fair since you have to pay to be nominated and to attend, but many still consider the awards to be significant. The real interesting part is each winner is limited to a five-word acceptance speech. Above The Economist reminds us why it is champ in brevity, clarity, poignancy, and finally a bit of fun.

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17 June 09
So Out of Sight, for those of you who aren’t already savvy, is on the tumblr network. The above chart (please click it to enlarge) compares the frequency of posts from all bloggers across this network who used the terms: Ahmadinejad, poop, Obama, and pizza. Sad to say, I kind of saw this coming. Many people here seem to love ethereal photos of a flower on a blue day and obsess over the sun-tanned president (Berlusconi’s words remember, not mine). Anyhow, it’s definitely safe to say that tumblr is not blogging for information’s sake, that there are not thousands of people relying on it for this - and that’s fine. It’s far more visual based and used by many artists supposedly. So why is pizza and poop still beating out Ahmadinejad?

So Out of Sight, for those of you who aren’t already savvy, is on the tumblr network. The above chart (please click it to enlarge) compares the frequency of posts from all bloggers across this network who used the terms: Ahmadinejad, poop, Obama, and pizza. Sad to say, I kind of saw this coming. Many people here seem to love ethereal photos of a flower on a blue day and obsess over the sun-tanned president (Berlusconi’s words remember, not mine). Anyhow, it’s definitely safe to say that tumblr is not blogging for information’s sake, that there are not thousands of people relying on it for this - and that’s fine. It’s far more visual based and used by many artists supposedly. So why is pizza and poop still beating out Ahmadinejad?

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9 June 09

sample my spam

Here’s a sample from the hundreds of spam emails languishing in my Gmail inbox. Personal favourites: "Make your whole body one big center of joy" and “Answer or get diarrhea”

Supercharge lovegun

Make your whole body one big center of joy

She’ll whisper: “You’re the best!”

Butts Charged With Stealing oTilet Paper

Keep your rod hardy

Stomach pains rumble German thief’s olot hideaway

One more president killed!

Clinton became Muslim!

Make your spire reach skies

Photos of your unfaithfulness

6 Ways to Seduce a Beauitful Woman - Warning! Only For Men Who Want More sex

Answer or get diarrhea

Lost In Techniques? All About How To Orgassm

Romancing the Ragpist

Adultery: Prfoblems, People, and Pain

Couple: Police Killed Our Pot Plants

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5 June 09
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29 May 09

Google to Microsoft - “Bing it on”

Internet search has been a lively place of late. Like you care. From a limited analysis of Out of Sight data, the vast majority of you who end up here come via Google searches with the occasional Yahoo! thrown in. The point here is, in search Google rules. Mircosoft have struggled for years in this area. They have that Live Search yoke, but it’s about as popular as Gary Glitter.

Yesterday Microsoft unveiled its latest attempt, it’s called Bing (as in Chandler Bing from Friends). For some reason, known only to Microsoft we won’t be able to access it until next week. Anyway with Bing Microsoft are looking to compete with Yahoo, Google is well beyond reach. So another search engine, another day. What I want y’all to do is hit me with some headlines.

Bing there, done that.

B(or)ing.

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28 May 09
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Reblogged: pablobongio-deactivated20120617

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17 May 09
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Themed by Hunson. Originally by Josh