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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.

14 July 09

The sounds of london

Neat idea this. Writer Giles Turnbull took his recorder and decamped to London to record the sounds of the city. The clips he uploaded to The Morning News are only seconds long and for the most part banal. Some sounds will be as familiar to Londoners as the sound of the stern lady remidning you to “mind the gap” while disembarking from the Tube. Other recordings are snippets of converstaions, two camp guys talking too loudly in the morning, the beep beep from the Oyster card reader and the constant sound of road works.

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Posted: 12:04 PM
One of the fun and annoying things about Tumblr is following other blogs. Tumblr, like Twitter, ranks blogs according to how many followers they attract. Everytime you check into your Tumblr account there is, depending on how many blogs you follow, a whole pile of mostly forgettable blog posts sitting in your inbox. However, in among the detritus there are blogs like Yahoo Answers, which posts dumb-ass questions and answers from Yahoo. My favourite so far is the one above re: Londoners.

One of the fun and annoying things about Tumblr is following other blogs. Tumblr, like Twitter, ranks blogs according to how many followers they attract. Everytime you check into your Tumblr account there is, depending on how many blogs you follow, a whole pile of mostly forgettable blog posts sitting in your inbox. However, in among the detritus there are blogs like Yahoo Answers, which posts dumb-ass questions and answers from Yahoo. My favourite so far is the one above re: Londoners.

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7 July 09

quote, unquote

Nakedness is absolutely essential. Nakedness is to art what the ball is to football.”

Antony Gormley’s words of encouragment to people who want to strip off while hanging out on the fourth plinth. These words are sure to get Sabine involved. It’s been raining on the “living statues” since the project started yesterday. I blogged about it yesterday here.

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6 July 09

Today marks the start of sculptor Antony Gormley’s latest project to fill the Fourth Plinth on Trafalgar Square in London. Gormley has signed up a load of volunteers to stand on the plinth for one hour between now and October. I am not sure what to make of its artistic merits. In one way it is the ultimate democratic statement an artist can make, it is living art. And seeing as the “living statues” can do as they please while on the plinth it could be interesting. However, it could also prove to be as boring as most statues ultimatley are. For me it signifies Britons ever growing love affair with exhibitionism and 15 minutes - or in this case 60 minutes - of fame. There’s a live stream, which so far has been about as interesting as Big Brother without the mind numbing dialogue, here.

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22 June 09
As so often happens with contemporary art you quickly arrive at the conclusion that you could have done that. Well with iartistlondon, you can. That is if the art in question is Hirst, Banksy or Emin. Granted it’s not original, but that’s hardly the point with contemporary art. This cheeky internet start-up has put together a DIY package to create Hirsts’ ostentatious piece of bling For the Love of God. Without even a hint of irony, from the iartistlondon website:

For the Love of God is an amazing piece by Damien Hirst that consists  of a platinum cast of a human skull encrusted with 8.601 diamonds including a  massive pear- shaped one on the forehead. It cost 14 million pounds to produce.  This is the ultimate contemporary piece of art that everyone wants to display in  their home.

As so often happens with contemporary art you quickly arrive at the conclusion that you could have done that. Well with iartistlondon, you can. That is if the art in question is Hirst, Banksy or Emin. Granted it’s not original, but that’s hardly the point with contemporary art. This cheeky internet start-up has put together a DIY package to create Hirsts’ ostentatious piece of bling For the Love of God. Without even a hint of irony, from the iartistlondon website:

For the Love of God is an amazing piece by Damien Hirst that consists of a platinum cast of a human skull encrusted with 8.601 diamonds including a massive pear- shaped one on the forehead. It cost 14 million pounds to produce. This is the ultimate contemporary piece of art that everyone wants to display in their home.

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2 June 09
(OC - Original Content) I doodled this almost two years ago. The Eye - the ferris wheel that is - is all out of place. But here it is published for the first time ever.

(OC - Original Content) I doodled this almost two years ago. The Eye - the ferris wheel that is - is all out of place. But here it is published for the first time ever.

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28 May 09
We promised you original content. We delivered. Okay this is a small start - pun intended. I snapped this mini mini (no idea what make it is) on Canonbury Road last weekend. I think it would be perfect for Aine. So does Aine, Carl.

We promised you original content. We delivered. Okay this is a small start - pun intended. I snapped this mini mini (no idea what make it is) on Canonbury Road last weekend. I think it would be perfect for Aine. So does Aine, Carl.

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26 May 09
One of a series of proposal posters designed for the London 2012 Olympics by Alan Clarke. Clean and simple. More here.

One of a series of proposal posters designed for the London 2012 Olympics by Alan Clarke. Clean and simple. More here.

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25 May 09
Not many things to be nostalgic for in London, but boy oh boy do I miss their fabulous black cabs and their exemplary service.
afuckaday:

ikandi:

greatape:

thingsthatexciteme:
Kate Beckinsale

Not many things to be nostalgic for in London, but boy oh boy do I miss their fabulous black cabs and their exemplary service.

afuckaday:

ikandi:

greatape:

thingsthatexciteme:

Kate Beckinsale

Reblogged: afuckaday

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28 April 09

on cycling

Yesterday London’s Mayor Boris Johnson marked his one year in office with an announcemnent that he’s going to flood the city with free bikes. Thousands of them. But they’re not free. From 2010 around 6,000 bikes will be availble to rent from 400 central docking stations. Similar schemes have been operating in Paris and other European cities for a number of years. Sabine and me rented some in Copenhangen. They were kind of shit, but the idea is great, and I hope it will be a success in London.

On other cycling news, I tried the Alexander Technique while cycling home yesterday. The idea here is to not collapse the spine and push down with the heels, instead of the toes. The verdict, damn near impossible. But if you can master it, your back will thank you.

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27 April 09
Damn if the caption hadn’t informed me, I would have thought this photo was taken in a far away country building a big stadium. But no, this is East London, home to the 2012 Olympics. Last time I was by there, there was nothing to be seen but miles and miles of hoarding featuring that awful logo. Now the stadium looks half built. Click on the photo for more.

Damn if the caption hadn’t informed me, I would have thought this photo was taken in a far away country building a big stadium. But no, this is East London, home to the 2012 Olympics. Last time I was by there, there was nothing to be seen but miles and miles of hoarding featuring that awful logo. Now the stadium looks half built. Click on the photo for more.

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6 April 09

Right so, this video is more than nine minutes long; who the hell watches videos longer than two minutes on YouTube, your’re thinking? Well it’s Tim Minchin, an Aussie comedian and musician, spouting off a nine minute beat poem about a drunken dinner party encounter with a homepathy loving hippy called Storm in north London. Good fun and witty.

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3 April 09
This is my favourite photo from the G20 protests (lame) in London. I love the symmetry, it’s as if the police are a chorus line in Guy Fawkes pantomime. Love it. Also, Conor has posted photos from his lock-in experience at Wednesday’s protest on his blog at Conorsaysboom.
msnr:
G20 protests erupt in London | World news | guardian.co.uk

This is my favourite photo from the G20 protests (lame) in London. I love the symmetry, it’s as if the police are a chorus line in Guy Fawkes pantomime. Love it. Also, Conor has posted photos from his lock-in experience at Wednesday’s protest on his blog at Conorsaysboom.

msnr:

G20 protests erupt in London | World news | guardian.co.uk
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26 March 09

Inspired by Google Street View, executed by JJ and his bike, I give you Bike View. I strapped the new Flip HD to my wheels on Tuesday morning and recorded the route to work. Good job I didn’t do it yesterday, bleedin’ taxi door blew me off my bike, and that would have been the end of the Flip. Anyway I have added some likely juvenile comments. As is expected. Music: RJD2, Smoke & Mirrors.

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9 March 09
This portait of William Shakespeare unveiled on Monday is believed to be the only authentic image of the Bard painted during his lifetime. Associated Press has the full story and more images.

This portait of William Shakespeare unveiled on Monday is believed to be the only authentic image of the Bard painted during his lifetime. Associated Press has the full story and more images.

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Themed by Hunson. Originally by Josh