February 20, 2012

See here the creative challenge of last week.

What was difficult?
Keeping up with my challenge. Sometimes I forgot about it or didn’t carry paper when I wanted to write things down.

What was fun?
Seeing things I normally wouldn’t notice. Treating everyday objects as a source of interesting information made me look differently at the world around me.

What did I learn?
I can extract loads of information from my surroundings. Also, there is so much I don’t notice. Paying more attention to my environment is a cool exercise to stay open and creative in my attitude.


A little story on one of my secret missions
I watched a TED talk this week in which was explained that nearly all printers print yellow (invisible to the eye) dots that enable you to trace back from which printer something is printed. So of course I wanted to get to the bottom of the unknown paper dots mystery. A few days later, I scribbled down the type of printer I normally use at my faculty, looked it up on this giant list of printers that are tested on printing dots and started examining my printed sheets. Apparently you need a magnifier and/or blue light to be able to see it. After an unsuccessful attempt of crawling into a dark cabinet while using blue light of my laptop screen to scan the paper, I used the garbage bag that was blue and see-through to filter the light. You can examine my excitement when I suddenly saw dots and started screaming enthusiastically to others students working on my domain I was seeing dots. Imagine them watching this girl crawl in and out a cabinet, sitting on the floor holding paper to the trash bin not far away from her polka-dot tablecloth covering her desk and then seeing this girl getting insanely happy about finding dots of some sort. I got a ‘there she goes again-face’ and then I realized that the dots were flaws in the bag, not actual dots on the paper…

In the end I didn’t find the dots. Luckily for me there are many other mysteries that need to be dissolved.



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    February 20, 2012 at 18:16

    I couldn’t see the yellow dots on your photo :(, where are they? I think that’s really cool though, if I can find something blue to look through I’m definitely going to give it a try with my printer.

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      Magical Day Dream

      February 20, 2012 at 23:44

      Yeah well.. I couldn’t find them either.. They are super tiny. For the real test they maginified the sheet like 10 times. So I only thought I saw them..

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    February 21, 2012 at 07:07

    Ha this made me laugh as I work with prints and thus the dots!

    I love the creative challenge!

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    February 22, 2012 at 01:55

    I was a Sociology major so I was taught to be observant for more than one assignment. ; ] It was fun and I am still pretty perceptive!

    Let us know if you ever find those dots! I watched a TV special a long time ago about serial killers and I guess there was some sort of system in the copy machines that finally led the police back to this one serial killer (even though he used multiple copy machines to make his final note to the police.) I am now wondering if these mysterious dots had anything to do with that? Hmm…

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      Magical Day Dream

      February 24, 2012 at 14:34

      That’s perfect, than you must be great as a spy! ;) It wouldn’t surprise me if they did use the dots.. But then, what do I know about dots :p


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