What would Watson do? [UPDATE]


You know the little easter egg messages in Second Life client, right? So far I could get the meaning quickly. Bananas are the new plywood cubes - that's scultpties. Viva la LiberaciĆ³n! - that's message liberation and optional viewer updates. But what's with the Watson thing? The message in this SL release is:
Mr. Watson -- come here -- I want to see you.
Shall we expect some new features? Are they asking us to start looking for something new? /me is definitely too curious :P

Well, the other thing is that in the book Watson would always guess wrong.. If Lindens assume we're Watsons, not Sherlocks, we're not going to find out by ourselves anyway, eh? Oh well, I'll just wait until they blog it :P

Pssst... hey... pssst.. if you know something, post it in the comments ;)


[UPDATE: A few minutes later] We have the answer!

Daedalus posted the answer in the comments (take a look). As a way-too-curious person I started googling, and found that you can actually scroll through Bell's lab notebook. A bit more searching and I found the page in the notebook, where Bell describes this part of the experiment. It says (if I read correctly):
Mr. Watson was stationed in one room with the recieving instrument. He pushed one ear closely against S and closed his other ear with his hand. The transmitting instrument was placed in another room and the door of both rooms were closed.

I then shouted into M the following sentence: "Mr. Watson -- come here -- I want to see you." To my delight he came and declared that he had heard and understood what I said.

I asked him to repeat the words. He answered "You said '
Mr. Watson -- come here -- I want to see you'".
Yes, I actually read those little letters in the notebook :) In case you can't locate the text I quoted, it starts on the left, close to the middle of the page, and continues on the right page of the notebook. So.. I learned something new today. Yay! :)

3 Responses


  1. Daedalus Young on October 20, 2007 at 2:48 PM

    This is not about Sherlock's Watson. This is the very first sentance ever said through a telephone. During the experiment, Alexander Graham Bell said this through the phone to his assistant, Thomas Watson, who was in another room.

  2. Ayumi Cassini on October 20, 2007 at 2:55 PM

    Hey, you're fast :D So it's about the voice feature. Nice one. I so love these messages, they're actually the first thing I check after client update, haha.

  3. Daedalus Young on October 20, 2007 at 4:09 PM

    Heh yes, that's a matter of coincidence, I just happened to check your blog soon after you posted it. :)

    I always liked the message "bananas are the new plywood cubes" after the Sculpties introduction :P


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