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.
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.
"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.