IBMer found in Second Life, refuses to come out

After an exhaustive manhunt lasting more than a week, renowned IBM computer scientist Dr. Irving Wladawsky-Berger surfaced yesterday in Second Life, saying he had decided to make the virtual environment his permanent home. He is playing shortstop for the Second Life Mets and has changed his name to an acronym based on his initials, DIWB, or “Dweeb.” Said his annoyed wife, Mrs. Dr. Irving Wladawsky-Berger: “Oh, that’s just Irving being Irving.” As we first reported here, scientists at Google and other Silicon Valley companies last week launched a huge effort to find DIWB, a much-revered figure in high tech. A Google Earth team spent days frantically searching satellite images in hopes of finding DIWB alive. In a rambling, often incoherent interview with CNET, DIWB said, “I found a place here in Little Havana that makes the best Cuban sandwich you’ve ever eaten, I swear to God, I’m not even kidding. And the brothels! Don’t get me started. I appreciate all the concern, but honestly, I’m not coming out.”