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Digg Like A Pro with Firefox & Greasemonkey

Digg Like A Pro with Firefox & Greasemonkey

The ‘democratic’ news site, Digg, is a great way to share interesting items as well as keeping track of what’s making waves around the net.

Naturally, once you get into the process – creating Diggs, digging Dugg stories etc – you want to make things easier and quicker. Here are a few Firefox extensions and Greasemonkey scripts that work well to do so.

Firefox Extensions

Netscape’s Digg Tracker – a button that notifies you when your Digg friends have been active. When they comment or Digg anything, the button will let you know. If you click it, a sidebar with all your contacts and their activities will appear.

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Modeled on Netscape’s Friends’ Activity Sidebar, it will also show 5-10 of the top recent items from Netscape.

Digg Like A Pro with Firefox & Greasemonkey

    Digg.com Comment Spotlight – this comes in handy if you want to scroll right to the comments with the most Diggs. You can set a marker for the average Digg so you only have comments with a certain popularity highlighted. Colors are customizable.

    Smart Digg Button – Unlike the other Digg This buttons out there, this one will track Diggs for any site you surf to. The button will display how many times any site on the web has been Dugg, if none, you can Digg it. Simple. Sits in your status bar.

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    Greasemonkey Scripts

    Digg Like A Pro with Firefox & Greasemonkey

      Add Digg Control – after surfing to the original site that’s been Dugg, a hovering badge will appear that you can drag where you want. This allows you to Digg the site without going back to Digg.com while displaying the Digg count. Also see Digg Me Later! for an attractive alternative.

      Digg Add Mirrors – there are a few scripts that add Digg mirrors to each item in case the Digg Effect occurs and takes down the original site. This one is on top because it fits itself right underneath the Digg button with four little icons that forward you to the DuggMirror, Coral Cache, Google Cache and Archive.org wayback machine of every story.

      Double points because the links also fit snuggly with the aforementioned Add Digg Control badge.

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      Digg Deep – useful if you have the Digg RSS in your feed reader, this script bypasses the Digg comments page and goes straight to the original. Beware: if you try to go to the article’s Digg comments page it will automatically forward you to the original. I suggest enabling while using your feed reader and disabling while on Digg.

      Digg comment box on top – aside from doing the obvious -moving the input box from below all the comments to above -this script also show a few stats up top: Average Diggs, Positive Average and Negative Average.

      Digg Search replaced by a Google CSE with Hierarchies – this script enables you to switch from the regular Digg search to a custom Google Digg search by double clicking the input. The custom search is handy because you can choose the topics to search within.

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      Digg Like A Pro with Firefox & Greasemonkey

        Digg Custom Tabs – enables you to add extra tabs to the Digg topics tab bar. After performing a search, a Save Search link makes it easy to add it to the tab bar. The tab bar will show a Customize link, where you can also take out existing topics and their sub-topics.

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        The Science of Setting Goals (And How It Affects Your Brain)

        The Science of Setting Goals (And How It Affects Your Brain)

        What happens in our heads when we set goals?

        Apparently a lot more than you’d think.

        Goal setting isn’t quite so simple as deciding on the things you’d like to accomplish and working towards them.

        According to the research of psychologists, neurologists, and other scientists, setting a goal invests ourselves into the target as if we’d already accomplished it. That is, by setting something as a goal, however small or large, however near or far in the future, a part of our brain believes that desired outcome is an essential part of who we are – setting up the conditions that drive us to work towards the goals to fulfill the brain’s self-image.

        Apparently, the brain cannot distinguish between things we want and things we have. Neurologically, then, our brains treat the failure to achieve our goal the same way as it treats the loss of a valued possession. And up until the moment, the goal is achieved, we have failed to achieve it, setting up a constant tension that the brain seeks to resolve.

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        Ideally, this tension is resolved by driving us towards accomplishment. In many cases, though, the brain simply responds to the loss, causing us to feel fear, anxiety, even anguish, depending on the value of the as-yet-unattained goal.

        Love, Loss, Dopamine, and Our Dreams

        The brains functions are carried out by a stew of chemicals called neurotransmitters. You’ve probably heard of serotonin, which plays a key role in our emotional life – most of the effective anti-depressant medications on the market are serotonin reuptake inhibitors, meaning they regulate serotonin levels in the brain leading to more stable moods.

        Somewhat less well-known is another neurotransmitter, dopamine. Among other things, dopamine acts as a motivator, creating a sensation of pleasure when the brain is stimulated by achievement. Dopamine is also involved in maintaining attention – some forms of ADHD are linked to irregular responses to dopamine.[1]

        So dopamine plays a key role in keeping us focused on our goals and motivating us to attain them, rewarding our attention and achievement by elevating our mood. That is, we feel good when we work towards our goals.

        Dopamine is related to wanting – to desire. The attainment of the object of our desire releases dopamine into our brains and we feel good. Conversely, the frustration of our desires starves us of dopamine, causing anxiety and fear.

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        One of the greatest desires is romantic love – the long-lasting, “till death do us part” kind. It’s no surprise, then, that romantic love is sustained, at least in part, through the constant flow of dopamine released in the presence – real or imagined – of our true love. Loss of romantic love cuts off that supply of dopamine, which is why it feels like you’re dying – your brain responds by triggering all sorts of anxiety-related responses.

        Herein lies obsession, as we go to ever-increasing lengths in search of that dopamine reward. Stalking specialists warn against any kind of contact with a stalker, positive or negative, because any response at all triggers that reward mechanism. If you let the phone ring 50 times and finally pick up on the 51st ring to tell your stalker off, your stalker gets his or her reward, and learns that all s/he has to do is wait for the phone to ring 51 times.

        Romantic love isn’t the only kind of desire that can create this kind of dopamine addiction, though – as Captain Ahab (from Moby Dick) knew well, any suitably important goal can become an obsession once the mind has established ownership.

        The Neurology of Ownership

        Ownership turns out to be about a lot more than just legal rights. When we own something, we invest a part of ourselves into it – it becomes an extension of ourselves.

        In a famous experiment at Cornell University, researchers gave students school logo coffee mugs, and then offered to trade them chocolate bars for the mugs. Very few were willing to make the trade, no matter how much they professed to like chocolate. Big deal, right? Maybe they just really liked those mugs![2]

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        But when they reversed the experiment, handing out chocolate and then offering to trade mugs for the candy, they found that now, few students were all that interested in the mugs. Apparently the key thing about the mugs or the chocolate wasn’t whether students valued whatever they had in their possession, but simply that they had it in their possession.

        This phenomenon is called the “endowment effect”. In a nutshell, the endowment effect occurs when we take ownership of an object (or idea, or person); in becoming “ours” it becomes integrated with our sense of identity, making us reluctant to part with it (losing it is seen as a loss, which triggers that dopamine shut-off I discussed above).

        Interestingly, researchers have found that the endowment effect doesn’t require actual ownership or even possession to come into play. In fact, it’s enough to have a reasonable expectation of future possession for us to start thinking of something as a part of us – as jilted lovers, gambling losers, and 7-year olds denied a toy at the store have all experienced.

        The Upshot for Goal-Setters

        So what does all this mean for would-be achievers?

        On one hand, it’s a warning against setting unreasonable goals. The bigger the potential for positive growth a goal has, the more anxiety and stress your brain is going to create around it’s non-achievement.

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        It also suggests that the common wisdom to limit your goals to a small number of reasonable, attainable objectives is good advice. The more goals you have, the more ends your brain thinks it “owns” and therefore the more grief and fear the absence of those ends is going to cause you.

        On a more positive note, the fact that the brain rewards our attentiveness by releasing dopamine means that our brain is working with us to direct us to achievement. Paying attention to your goals feels good, encouraging us to spend more time doing it. This may be why outcome visualization — a favorite technique of self-help gurus involving imagining yourself having completed your objectives — has such a poor track record in clinical studies. It effectively tricks our brain into rewarding us for achieving our goals even though we haven’t done it yet!

        But ultimately, our brain wants us to achieve our goals, so that it’s a sense of who we are that can be fulfilled. And that’s pretty good news!

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