The evolution of this alternate nick for zumthing isn't immediately obvious, and a few people have asked me about it. I used to contract zumthing's nick to "z'thing", pronounced "zee-thing". From there, it was a short jump to "zeeth". Despite being an übergeek of some renown and stature, he still finds time to engage in such quaintly old-fashioned niceties as sending written(!) postcards(!!) in the mail(!!!) to his friends on his many travels. He visited me, along with BenCA and Darnoc, in April of 2001, the first of my Californian friends to do so.