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  • (personal indulgence...)

    As a child, when typing on old Smith Corona, frequently typed "teh" for "the;" this long before the 1337 usage of course... teh dsa (or teh-dsa) became term for quasi-mystical divinatory system of random combinations of either Legos, homemade Tarot cards, small ceramic tiles found in dirt behind art department of midwestern University, and now, text files on computer(s), including Wordie.

    September 18, 2007

  • Pronounced "ted zuh?"

    September 18, 2007

  • Pronunciation varies, since word is hardly ever spoken aloud. I think I usually think it as "tay sah."

    I've come to see it as almost an organism in itself, kinda like the Internet seems to be becoming.

    Only different. ;-)

    Plus--I didn't know this--I think it's bashful. It seems to be blushing and looking at its feet and kinda smiling, at the notion that someone besides me even knows it exists!

    September 18, 2007

  • How can I see this teh dsa? It's time to get the word out! Don't be shy, little guy!

    September 18, 2007

  • Hmmmmmm.... How can one see it? For me, it starts to show itself in any personally intriguing system of interweavings grown sufficiently complex. For example, back in the good old Mac OS 9 days, I had a sixty-four-folder ecosystem of text clippings (the text clipping functionality in OS X just isn't as je ne sais quoi), for which each of the seven color label metadata denoted a separate species. Thus, when I would execute some (usually serendipitous and relatively low-tech) algorithm for choosing a random folder and clipping, a trout (for example) might say, in answer to a vague inquiry about the future of my marital status (for example), "Prepare for the erotic fictitious bisexual tiger," or some such oracular sensical utterance. In addition to (half- or full-assedly) answering questions, teh dsa has also been known to help me construct poems, stories, etc.

    I suspect there are parallels between teh dsa and Jungian synchronicity, a concept in which I am both undereducated and extremely interested.

    One of teh dsa's best friends is janusnode.

    September 18, 2007

  • Fascinating. I am well familiar with both OS 9 text clippings and the practice of nesting folders a ridiculous number of levels deep. Perhaps I've encountered our friend myself, though without knowing its name I suspected the dogcow was responsible.

    September 18, 2007

  • Ha! Yes. Perhaps another of teh dsa's names is Clarus.

    September 18, 2007