09 August 2005
The Solace of Entropy
We bought a reverse shredder and fed in our shredded papers. Out popped the source documents in their original pristine condition. We shredded these restored papers, then fed the results through the reverse shredder. We did this dozens of times. On each cycle we examined the restored documents. After the first few de-shreddings we noticed a few minute differences: a comma dropped here or a seam visible there. By the time we got to the thirtieth cycle the restored documents were difficult to read. Eventually they became a mishmash of gray lines and indecipherable glyphs. We all felt much better.