Tim Ferriss interviews Brain Pickings, birth order and personality, and syncing files with BitTorrent Sync

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Hey there. Hope you had a great week!

Tim Ferriss interviews Maria Popova, writer of excellent Brain Pickings blog

Another really interesting person interviewed on The Tim Ferris Show podcast. As usual with episodes on The Tim Ferriss Show, it includes insight into making your life better, including “the single attribute that leads to greatness in any field”. Check out Brain Pickings too, if you haven’t heard about it and you like reading about all kinds of interesting things on different subjects.

Founded in 2006 as a weekly email to seven friends, BrainPickings now gets more than 5 million readers per month (!). I read very few blogs regularly, but BrainPickings is one of the few that makes the cut. It’s a treasure trove.

This episode answers the top-10 most popular questions you all had for Maria, including:

  • The single attribute that leads to greatness in any given field
  • Required reading and habits for anyone in public office
  • How Henry David Thoreau was the first to talk about the dangers of sitting
  • Why we must stop referring to our work as “content”

New study suggests birth order doesn’t affect personality or intelligence significantly

However, they still found that people’s IQ and personality traits tended to differ slightly depending on birth order. They just found that in a larger study of over 377,000 high school students, that the difference is so minor that it doesn’t really mean anything.

Statistically, the results correlate with the classic stereotypes developed by psychologist Alfred Adler in the early 20th century: the firstborn as a natural leader; the spoiled, lazier youngest child; and of course the oft-ignored middle child. Adler’s theory has been debated among psychologists for years: some, like Frank Sulloway, maintain that Adler was largely correct. Others, such as Jules Angst and Cecile Ernst, claim the effects of birth order have been significantly exaggerated.

In real life applications, Prof. Roberts says, the differences in personality and intelligence are so minor that they’re ultimately insignificant. “You’re not going to be able to sit two people down next to each other and see the differences between them,” he continued. “It’s not noticeable by anybody.”

BitTorrent Sync mobile app gets ability to create, edit, and share files

Previously you could only view files on your mobile devices with BitTorrent Sync Mobile. The update is available for Android, iOS, Kindle, and Windows Phone. Give it a try or update if you use it.

If you use Dropbox, Google Drive, or OneDrive, you might consider looking into BitTorrent Sync. It’s free and your files are actually stored on your computer instead of the cloud. And you aren’t limited by a storage limit like 5 GB, so it’s great for pictures, music, and videos.

Today, we are rolling out a new version of the Sync app. It takes the app from file access and viewing, to one that also enables productivity. Users will now be able to create various types of files to save directly into a Sync folder to share, as well as make edits directly to files and synchronize the changes to others.

For something like a spreadsheet, you can click it and open it in Sheets. It will allow you to review the file and make any edits. Once the edits are saved, the file is updated and it will sync with anyone that is connected to the shared folder (note that this is dependent on the app that is being used to make the edits, subject to certain auto-save settings)

Google Play Books 3.5 update with google drive note syncing and refreshed UI

Google Play Books has been updated to version 3.5. The best new feature might be the ability to sync notes. But it’s a pretty big update including a new UI for the Read Now page.

The option is buried in the app’s settings. Once you enable it, Play Books will create a folder in your Google Drive account and fill it with any notes or highlights you make while reading. You can duplicate the notes document and edit it as a regular Google Doc. This can be particularly handy if you’re doing research or trying to track a complex story.

Here is the changelog from Google.

  • Read Now has a new look
  • Turn a page even when it’s zoomed in
  • Fit-width option for full-screen horizontal viewing – great for comics
  • Files that you upload no longer revert to the default cover
  • Stability and performance enhancements

Have a great day!

Munro (Life Thinkist)

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