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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.

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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21 August 09

"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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13 August 09

as a matter of fact #16

The amount of money Latin American expatriates send home is expected to drop by 11%, from $69 billion to $62 billion this year according to the Inter-American Development Bank. The Wall Street Journal

Three per cent of the school-age population in the U.S., roughly 1.5 million students, are home-schooled. This figure has doubled in the last decade according to the Department of Education. The Economist

Figures produced by Cancer Research UK show that since the mid-1990s, rates of oral cancers have gone up by 28% for men in their forties and 24% for women. Greater alcohol consumption is largely to blame. BBC News

U.S. births fell by 2% in 2008, the first full year of the recession, marking the first annual decline in births since the start of the decade and ending an American baby boomlet. USA Today

A survey by UK Music and the University of Hertfordshire found that amongst 14-24 year olds stored on average about 8,000 tracks - about 17 days worth of music - on their computers.

US banks stand to collect a record $38.5bn in fees for customer overdrafts this year. Pricks - the banks that is. FT.com

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10 August 09

My favourite line from this five-year-old boy’s (with perfect girl hair) renidtion of Folsom Blues is: “When I was just a baby.”

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7 August 09

LPCoverLover has to be one of the best websites I never knew was in existence. Does that make sense? Besides having a kick-ass name, there’s a huge stew of brilliant record covers. The categories covered take in Asian Pop, Gay, Funeral, Fruit Cake and Guns. Who ever is responsble for LPCoverLover is possibly a genius.

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4 August 09

Cymatics is the study of visible sound and vibration. Well, so says Collin Cunning, the ‘mad scientist’ in this video. Watch as he mixes corn starch with music at different frequencies. Mad results.

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Posted: 11:06 AM

This mix is for Patrick. He’s the newest arrival on my ma and pa’s lil’ old ranch in Kerry. Patrick was first announced as a girl, but several days later my father noticed that Patrick was missing the vitals to make him a her. It has now been confirmed that Patrick is indeed a male. But you get a lot of Sheehy’s round Kerry anyway. First track kicks harder than a killer donkey.

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30 July 09

A lil’ bit hip hop, death rock, Queen, Flight of the Concords, and a lil’ bit silly. Hugo and the Treats gets his Melbourne posse together for a critcal mass. This was filmed in and around North Brunswick. I think I lived in a house, with a room with no bed and no curtains round there. I’ve moved on, just.

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29 July 09

"How many sensitive songs can you write before you’re just writing a sensitive song and then it’s not sensitive because it’s not real. You just can’t live up to expectations". Neil Young on Harvest.

Despite being Neil Young’s best selling album Harvest caused a seismic rift in Young’s inner circle who accused him of selling out. He still seems quite angsty when talking about it today.  Young said he learned from Harvest, by putting out an album that flopped in comparison, but ultimately was a personal success as it allowed him to move on. Strange to me that his most well known album should cause him the most torture. Or maybe that’s the shitbag you get with commercial success and fame.

Above Young is with Crosby, Stills and Nash performing "Down by the River" first relaesed with his spiritual band Crazy Horse in 1969.

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28 July 09

Last night I started watching Neil Young: Don’t be Denied on BBC. The documentary chronicles the musician’s life and the many, many bands he has played in. I’m less than half way through, but, so far I’ve learned that Young drove a hearse when they  first toured and The Shadows, above, were an early inspiration.

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Posted: 9:08 AM

I found this on Creative Review, where they appropriately said: “Shynola has directed this super charming video for Coldplay’s rather blah new single, Strawberry Swing.”

Blah might even be putting it lightly.

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23 July 09

Voila! The new song from Swedish trio, Peter, Bjorn and John. The music video is by brothers Andreas and Filip Nilsson. It follows the story of a guy who can’t stop dancing. It may soundcliche but don’t worry it’s no Billy Elliot. I’m from the Fame school of directing, in so much as, I think all music videos should have dancing in them. This video looks quite grim, with some sweet moves thrown in. Overall it reminds me somewhat of that other grim - but great - Swedish dierctor, Lukas Moodysson.

Tags: video music
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21 July 09

Beastie Boys are taking some time out and postponing the release of their new album as Adam Yauch has been diagnosed with cancer. Here’s some vintage Beastie Boys, hope they’ll all be back soon, in full health.

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20 July 09

Just back from a weekend in Paris. Damn that city is something else: rude waiters, fine wine, finer women, fat tourists, American accents, cheap bicycles, broken bicycles, constant shouting, fresh baguettes. Anyway, this is one of the songs of the weekend; “J’aime les filles” by Jacques Dutronc. I wish I was this insouciant.

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9 July 09

I was in Hyde Park recently to see Neil Young. He rocked. I have the upmost respect for Young - he’s not content to just plod the circuit and bang out his hits unlike some of his contemporaries. One in particular. Anyway Becky sent me this gem of a young Young performing with the “Buffalo Springfields” from a good bit back. Play it right through and check out his attire. In the words of one of the comments about this video: “Maybe, among all the treasures on der Tube, one of the very very best.”

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Themed by Hunson. Originally by Josh