Product: Shredder
Operator Papier-Mâchè Modelling Shredder   (+31)  [vote for, against]
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[based on a throwaway line in "Obfuscating Shredder"]

Basic shredders are not secure enough - you can, with a bit of patience, stick all the bits back together. Cross-cut shredders are better, but what could be more secure than a papier-mâchè modelling shredder?
This shredder would cross-cut your documents, mix them with water and glue, scan the operator standing in front of the machine (who has chosen to adopt a pose out of "Saturday Night Fever"), and then mould the papier-mâchè into a tiny model of the operator.
When you have enough statues of yourself around the offfice, you can get the machine to make papier-mâchè models of logs for burning in your fireplace.
-- hippo, Jan 27 2004

For [wagster]
..." To all my friends ! " [normzone, Sep 01 2015]

Today's XKCD cartoon! [hippo, Oct 08 2020]

3d printing using paper maché
[xenzag, Oct 08 2020]

This is fantastic!
-- calum, Dec 29 2005

excellent. happy new year, hippo.

<holds hand up> put your mod hat on for a mo. why is this idea not emboldened in my recent view? I thought it was a churned idea for a few moments.
-- po, Dec 29 2005

And if someone steals your information, you know who took it.
-- Jscotty, Dec 29 2005

But [po], it's dated early 2004. Good churn, [calum].
-- Worldgineer, Dec 29 2005

Duh! how the hell was this ignored for a year?
-- po, Dec 29 2005

The same way a lot of good ideas are missed. Like my "Pothole-based GPS calibration" idea posted earlier this month (hint).
-- Worldgineer, Dec 29 2005

Timing is everything. Posting during a lull can let a good idea sink unnoticed, and posting during a flurry of good ideas can do the same.

Like all my ideas (hint).
-- normzone, Dec 29 2005

odd - I could have sworn this had some annotations betwen Jan '04 and Dec '05
-- hippo, Jan 01 2006

I don't think the "Pothole-based GPS calibration" idea was so much ignored as it was left alone out of a strange mix of apathy and exasperation.

At least that's my take on it...
-- zigness, Jan 03 2006

I would post them to all my friends so they wouldn't ever have to be without me...
-- wagster, May 18 2008

I'd prefer a pinata version, with candy inside. You can then post them to your friends who might harbor negative feeling toward you.
-- Worldgineer, May 19 2008

3D printing has made this idea almost do-able now
-- hippo, Sep 01 2015

I'll vote for this as long as the glue price is not set to pay the subsidy of the the shredder price.
-- wjt, Sep 02 2015

//3D printing has made this idea almost do-able now// Yes indeed....[link] I have been researching 3d printing using glass, and this cropped up amongst other materials. As with many ideas, the HB lead the way.
-- xenzag, Oct 08 2020

Have the document scanned and use it to pick the model of what's being printed.

So if it's contract to buy a house, the scanner sees the word "house" repeated more than anything else (nouns only) and it makes a little model of a house. That way you can remember what the document is about by having a collection of these things for a while.

Eventually you could throw them all into the recycling bin after enjoying them for a few months or years.
-- doctorremulac3, Oct 08 2020

[Dr R.E. Mulac III] - An intriguing suggestion. Is there though a risk that this would lead to people printing out, and then swiftly shredding, erotic stories?
-- hippo, Oct 08 2020

I would feed it with philosophy papers to see what it came out with
-- pocmloc, Oct 08 2020

Fine, just don't let it teach itself phenomenology ...
-- 8th of 7, Oct 08 2020

//Is there though a risk that this would lead to people printing out, and then swiftly shredding, erotic stories?//

Yes, and unfortunately, I had no control of the visualization of what one of those models might look like. Probably something you wouldn't want to display on shelves in the office.
-- doctorremulac3, Oct 08 2020

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