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Making the rounds today is a utility written by Coding Robots that analyzes your prose and then matches it with famous (note: not necessarily someone you like) authors.

Among the blogosphere outside Science 2.0 I have seen 4 Margaret Atwoods, 3 Dan Browns, 2 Stephen Kings.  Only 1 Asimov but I bet his was all about robots or something.

Who did I get?   Dan Brown, which is sure to make my wife chuckle, since I read the first hundred pages of "The DaVinci Code" and had two notebook pages filled with blatant errors or inventions he made even with my limited grasp of religious history, and then gave up.  
How does a former math teacher in Texas keep winning the lottery?  Joan Ginther has hit four Texas Lottery jackpots and raked in $21 million since 1993 ($5.5 million, half of the Texas Lottery jackpot, that first time).  The last time she won was two years ago ($3 million prize from a scratch ticket).  And then two years before that ($2 million scratch ticket again).  And now $10 million in the $140 million Extreme Payout with a scratch ticket (errr ... again).
I just noticed a study from a few months back that correlated male shopping habits to ... evolution.   Yes, the necessary survival skills that women used for foraging and men used to hunt evolved into the inability of men to match socks and the reason women can't find the escalator in the shopping mall if you give them directions.

So if you are disinclined to believe, as friend-of-Obama Larry Summers does, that women cannot do math, you militant anti-science types will really dislike knowing that women are intrinsically obligated to spend the day picking through racks of clothes with friends and talking about that "Sex in the City" movie.
In the wake of the PepsiGate scandal at Scienceblogs.com, which apparently everyone except bloggers there saw coming (1), one person comes up with the obvious 'money corrupts all' argument, but is that really so?
I thought the 'PepsiGate' issue, as former Scienceblogs folks termed it, was overblown.  As I discussed in Symbol Stacks And Science Communication, it wasn't the first time they did it and Scienceblogs had become known this year for hosting public relations blogs rather than actual science blogging so singling out Pepsi seemed unfair.
'Show her your love is as bag as the whole solar system' sounds like a schlocky sales pitch, right?  Well, it is but the Laura Cesari, a.k.a. Chain of Being, Solar System Necklace is just too awesome not to be schlocky about.

Now, there is a big Scienceblogs.com kerfuffle about them turning over the site to profit- and non-profit institutions for money so before anyone thinks the same thing is happening here, I will say right up front I am not getting any money to promote this thing.    It is just cool.