Links of the week

1. Find out the political persuasion of other people with your same name {andrew sullivan}.

The data show that names are a strong predictor of support for one party or the other. Looking at names that occurred at least 1,000 times on the donor rolls, it is immediately evident that women give in much greater numbers to the Obama campaign, a fact that the site has also observed. Within a gender, however, some names have much stronger correlations than others. While people with very common names—James, David, Michael—are roughly evenly split between the two parties, names like Brent, Tyler and Clayton are considerably skewed toward the Republicans.

2. Check out the new “coworking space” for freelancers in Rittenhouse {technically philly}.

3. The smartphone patent war {fresh air}.

Patents are an example of the set of incentives — and the entire digital economy is a set of incentives that encourage people to go down one path or another. I think there’s a lot of people who right now are worried that people are going down frivolous paths, like inventing new social networks or new games, instead of inventing the cures for cancer or fundamental technologies that will change the world.