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    Chairman of the bored Maister's avatar
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    Doodles

    A lot of folks absently doodle if a pen and paper is at hand while sitting at meetings, conferences, classes, or while on the phone. Some go so far as to claim that how one doodles reveals something about their personality characteristics. I recall NPR even ran a story several years ago about Presidential doodling.

    I keep a phone log of every phone conversation I have ever had at work. The logs are hand written by me on legal pads and there are about a dozen or so completely filled pads somewhere in the bowels of my desk with thousands of records about who called, when they called, their contact numbers, and other various other notes I think to scribble down. I noticed today that many of the log pages have certain repetitive doodle patterns in the margins. I guess I am a big one for drawing geometric shapes, because I've got 100 or more pages of them. I noticed a coworker who does our GIS has lots of discard maps with cartoon faces scrawled on them. Yet another coworker has a tendency to print out her emails and tends to draw numerous stars and arrows on the blank spaces while talking on the phone. I remember in junior high I knew a kid who like many used to doodle on his class notes, but I hesitate to classify some of those drawings as 'doodles' - some came off as serious artistic accomplishments, yet he claimed they were done 'absent-mindedly'.

    How about you, do you have a generally artistic inclination?
    are you a doodler or are you aware of others who doodle at work, school or home?
    what types of doodles do you habitually gravitate towards?

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    I doodle incessantly. Mostly cartoon faces of people in the office, etc. I also write words in different ways over and over and over. I like to letter.

    My doodling caused a little stir once. I was in a meeting, bored and I wrote the names of all the attendees of a meeting in various scripts. Then, I absentmindedly wrote "KILL KILL KILL" all over in the margins as well. I was thinking about Miss Hanigan in "Annie", but it was disturbing to the other people around...
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    Quote Originally posted by ursus View post
    I doodle incessantly. Mostly cartoon faces of people in the office, etc. I also write words in different ways over and over and over. I like to letter.

    My doodling caused a little stir once. I was in a meeting, bored and I wrote the names of all the attendees of a meeting in various scripts. Then, I absentmindedly wrote "KILL KILL KILL" all over in the margins as well. I was thinking about Miss Hanigan in "Annie", but it was disturbing to the other people around...
    I can see how that might have been a bit concerning!
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    Quote Originally posted by imaplanner View post
    I can see how that might have been a bit concerning!
    I kept laughing, because that's so like me...but I didn't know them well and they were really freaked out. It was SOOO awkward. Oh yeah, and YOU were on the list.....
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    If I'm the slightest bit bored during a seminar, training, etc, I doodle. If you saw my notebooks in HS and college, you would have sworn I was an art major, not public admin. I do primnarily geometric shapes and play with a written language I've developed and toyed with. The letters have a very geometric feel to them and have written a short sci-fi story that uses them.
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    I am not a doodler. Never have been. I pay attention 100% of the time.

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    I draw triangles, One side of triangle 1 shares a side with triangle 2 and so on. Goes on pretty much until everyone at the meeting shuts their yaps.
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    I typically doodle facades. Is this wrong of me? Maybe the occasional ummm.. well yanno
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    Quote Originally posted by CPSURaf View post
    I typically doodle facades. Is this wrong of me? Maybe the occasional ummm.. well yanno
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    When doodling, I tend to draw maps. Sometimes fictional places, other times real. Sometimes county outlines, other times detailed city maps. In high school, I started doodling in my assignment notebook in the school rules & procedures section. It turned into a full-fledged city that spans five pages and which I later added color and detail to. One of these days, I should upload it.

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    I doodle a lot... generally weird little faces that I've conjured up or random designs, occasionally caricatures of people in the vicinity. I've heard that one shouldn't doodle because it's distracting, but I swear it helps me focus sometimes.

    My doodles are generally much better than anything I draw when I'm consciously trying to create something.

    I guess it's not the best habit as it can come off as unprofessional or maybe even childish... but meh. At least I'm not drawing phalli on my colleagues' notebooks or anything
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    The thread title registered as "Doodies" with me.

    "Some go so far as to claim that how one doodies reveals something about their personality characteristics. I recall NPR even ran a story several years ago about Presidential dooding."

    "I doodle incessantly. Mostly cartoon faces of people in the office, etc. "

    "When dooding, I tend to draw maps. Sometimes fictional places, other times real. Sometimes county outlines, other times detailed city maps. In high school, I started dooding in my assignment notebook in the school rules & procedures section. It turned into a full-fledged city that spans five pages and which I later added color and detail to. One of these days, I should upload it."

    "If I'm the slightest bit bored during a seminar, training, etc, I doodie."

    "what types of doodies do you habitually gravitate towards? "

    Puts a whole new spin on the idea of logs in the bowels of Maister's desk. And that's my inner 12 year old for tonight.
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    Quote Originally posted by kalimotxo View post
    I doodle a lot... generally weird little faces that I've conjured up or random designs, occasionally caricatures of people in the vicinity. I've heard that one shouldn't doodle because it's distracting, but I swear it helps me focus sometimes.
    There's evidence that suggests doodling significantly helps with memory recall.

    Quote Originally posted by Dan
    The thread title registered as "Doodies" with me.
    Off-topic:
    You know, your post reads disturbingly like, well....something I might post.
    Last edited by Maister; 27 Jan 2011 at 9:09 AM.

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    I doodle to stay awake a Board (bored) meetings. Sometimes its the only thing thats gets me through the hours of mindless dribble coming out of their mouths.

    There tends to be no set pattern to what I doodle. Sometimes its landscapes or buildings, other times its shapes and letters. I've also drawn baseball fields, golf holes, development designs or parks.
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    I also am an incessent doodler. Mostly, I doodle geometric shapes that connect to one another and fill up the paper, but I also draw lots of horses. Usually I just draw horse heads (I like to give them different white facial markings) but sometimes I do horses trotting or running, or even cutting horses in action (D'ya think I like ponies or something?). I also draw stylistic flowers and rarely, scenics. It largely depends on how long a meeting is, and how many meetings I've had recently.

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    I doodle on occasion. Typically it is little flies and flowers in the margin. I also do a lot of arrows, underlines, and boxes around key points.

    Typically if I am bored in a meeting I daydream not doodle.


    I am a big fan of Droodles.

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    I doodle. Generally forest and city landscapes. Then if the meeting gets really boring I light the forest on fire or start burning the buildings down.
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    If the lecturer was bad, my notebooks could be filled with doodles. Most were related to the course subject (e.g. maps in geography or geometric shapes in mathematics. My "Literature, Pornography, and Censorship" class unfortunately never inspired doodling)

    I doodle when I'm waiting at council and compelled to digest political harangues in which I'm not the main or a side course. Buildings, plan views, trees, landscapes, faces, all are fair game.
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