James Clarke Masthead
August 11 2014 at 04:59

 A reader, Keith Elliot – Keith organises end-of-the-month book sales to boost funds for Sandton’s public libraries – has sent me an example of an “infinite loop”.

An infinite loop, he explains, is a “computer programming concept, describing a situation involving cause and effect that continues for ever – one action causes another action that causes the first action, etc”. If, like me, you don’t understand that, you soon will, so stick around. He says these loops never happen in real life, yet some Einstein-brained fellow has described how such an event can come about.

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July 28 2014 at 06:50

I once felt an urge to enter a Goldfields Kennel Club dog show. What I mean is, I wanted to enter a dog, not myself. I wanted to enter Rags, our Maltese, in the Scruffy, Smelly, Downright Disobedient Mutt section.

I recall the club was seeking the Dog of the Year.

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July 25 2014 at 08:32

Mandla Mthembu of the Independent Schools Association of Southern Africa sent me, some time ago, some hilarious notes from parents explaining why their children were absent from school.

These same notes are now being circulated on the internet, purporting to come from South African parents of children named Sipho and Thandi.

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July 21 2014 at 05:03

Retired journalist Jacci Babich tells me the average American spends six months of his three score years and 10 waiting at red traffic lights.

She wondered how many months – no, years – the average Joburger spends sitting in a car or bus, because of Joburg’s notorious malfunctioning traffic lights.

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July 14 2014 at 09:11

"Waiter! There’s a fly in my soup!” “It’s not a fly, Sir. It’s a stink bug and it comes with the compliments of our Venda chef.”

According to Joburg ecologist Cathy Dzerefos, who at the University of the Witwatersrand has just completed her doctorate thesis on edible insects, stink bugs are nutritious and can add flavour to stews.

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