I don’t know if this made big news or not, but I was fascinated with the story of Belle de Jour, the anonymous sex blogger from London (most people might know that the Showtime series Secret Diary of a Call Girl, is loosely based on her blog)finally revealed her identity.
The best part is that she’s a scientist! Dr. Brooke Magnanti is not just a high-class call girl, but a specialist in “developmental neurotoxicology and cancer epidemiology. She has a PhD in informatics, epidemiology and forensic science and is now working at the Bristol Initiative for Research of Child Health. She is part of a team researching the effects of exposure to the pesticide chlorpyrifos on foetuses and infants.”
So basically, every geeks dream girl. Darren from LinkMachineGo, guessed Belle de Jour’s identity soon after her blog started. How? Before becoming an anonymous sex-blogger, Brooke Magnanti ran an obscure Robotwisdom-style link blog and wrote in a few other places ; Darren recognized the writing style. Rather than reveal the secret he set up a method to detect people searching for her secret identity and tipped Magnanti off that The Daily Mail was sniffing around. [via]