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Jeff Ashton’s book release is around the corner

Retired Assistant State Attorney Jeff Ashton, who famously prosecuted the Casey Anthony murder trial, has a book coming out on November 15, 2011.

Mr. Asthon’s book, Imperfect Justice:  Prosecuting Casey Anthony, promises to discuss never-revealed details about the case, including information related to the psychological examinations  performed on then defendant Casey Anthony.

Cover image of Jeff Ashton's soon to be released book

He will also be discussing the book on the Dr. Phil Show, Wednesday, November 16, 2001.   No doubt the book will generate a lot of interest.

I’ve per-ordered a copy on my Nook.

If the Barnes & Noble Nook website is any indication, the book should do well.   On the Barnes & Noble Nook page for the book, already nearly 60 “customer reviews” have been written!  This is despite the fact it’s not even released yet!  People are adding their thoughts about what they “think” the book will disclose…and of course they are arguing.

Cheney Mason reportedly is writing a book also.   I have absolutely no interest in reading it because, frankly, I wouldn’t know what to believe.   By the way, Mr. Mason is in a Daytona hospital after feeling ill during a conference in which he to speak.  I certainly hope it’s not a serious issue keeping him in the hospital.  I bet he’s cranky as hell in that hospital!  I bet he’s shooting the bird at just about everyone, too!  I hope so, that would mean he’s on the mend.

Anyway, back to Jeff Ashton’s book.  I really am looking forward to reading some inside stories about the case and sure hope the book is long on character details!  There were some colorful characters involved in the Anthony case, and it would be interesting to read about them.

Coincidentally, I was perusing Facebook this evening and stumbled upon “The Official Jeff Ashton Page.”  Oh, it’s wonderful – lot’s of very nice photos, too!

Seeing some of the great photos of Mr. Ashton and his wife, Rita, his colleagues at the State Attorney’s Office, including Linda Drane-Burdick, and pictures of his Koi pond that he and his wife built – affirmed for me that he is not only a phenomenal attorney, he is also a down-to-earth, very nice guy. Someone you can’t help but like because he oozes charm.

There were many folks on the State side of the case who I really admired: ASA Linda Drane-Burdick, of course, was incredible.   I admired the folks at the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, too.  Yuri Melich – loved him!  Eric Edwards –  loved him!   John Allen – loved him!   Who else?   Just too many good people to name.   Oh! I almost forgot ASA Frank George!  Loved him!

Anyway, my Nook is ready for the Imperfect Justice download!

Thanks in advance, Jeff Ashton!


gadget geek

I hope everyone had a wonderful Labor Day weekend.  I certainly did, but it went by much tooooo fast!

My weekend was all about family, reading, and playing with gadgets!

I’m kind of a geek when it comes to electronic gadgets.  I recently got a new Dell desk top that’s super fast and super nice to use.   I have a Dell laptop that’s only 3 years old, but it’s already very out of date.  To replace it, I’m thinking of getting a mini laptop.

The mini laptops are reasonably priced, starting at about $300.00.  Of course, if you fill it with a larger hard-drive and more RAM, it’s going to be around $660.00 to $800.00. approximately.  I priced them today.  I configured a Dell model with the most RAM and with the most powerful hard-drive I could find, and it turned out to be almost $800.00.  That’s a bit much to spend just to be able to sit on the couch and work!  I have decided to wait a bit.  If I do decide to go back to school, I’ll definitely purchase it.

I have a Motorola XOOM tablet that I love.  I chose the XOOM over the iPad2 because I have an iPhone and it’s the exact same thing, only larger.  The XOOM is an Android, which I had never used before.  It looks just like the iPad2, and is quite easy to use to surf the web, send emails, and update the blog.  It’s not much of a word processor – though it could be, I find it awkward to use in that regard. But, could use it in a pinch.

I also have a Nook Color that I wish I didn’t purchase because now the tablets – either Android or iPads – allow you to download the Nook, or the Kindle free of charge.  The best thing, I suppose, is when my battery dies on the XOOM, I can switch to the Nook, and vice versa.  And, the great thing is, they sync automatically, meaning they remember what page you were just reading on another device.

I purchased some new web/eLearning publishing software, too.  Because I work for a university I am able to use the educational discount, and its sometimes as much as 75 percent off the retail price.  I just got a new software called “Snap” by Lectora.  It allows you to turn PowerPoint presentations into a web-based tutorial with Flash animation, voice and video.  It’s really easy, too!

The Adobe Acrobat X Pro software just came in the mail Friday.  Adobe Pro is a great tool to create, edit, and transform a PDF document into an interactive form – you can also embed media into it.  I will have to learn how to take full advantage of all it can do – I am a novice with this one.   I also ordered a software bundle that hasn’t arrived yet.  It’s a software that is terrific to demonstrate how to navigate through a computer application, i.e. a specific series of steps that a user must do to accomplish a task.  It’s called Camtasia, and it’s bundled with Snag-It.  Camtasia uses a video program to record what is happening as a user types and navigates on the computer.  The Snag-It software is really cool, too.  It  allows you to capture pictures of your computer graphics to replicate – turns them into JPGs or PNGs, or whatever form of graphic you like to work with.

And then, yesterday, I finally got a GPS for my car! (It was an early birthday present!)   I absolutely love it!  It’s a Garmin Nuvi 1450LMT, and has real-time traffic reports, and maps of North America and Canada, too.

I can’t wait to use this tomorrow morning to get to work.  It will be nice to know where the traffic backups are beforehand.   I travel all highways to get to work, and now that the kids are all back in school, it’s murder to get to work.

According to the GPS, it should take me 14 minutes to get to work.  Hah!  It’s actually, on a good day, 40 minutes.

Speaking of work, tomorrow is almost here, so I’m heading for never-never land.

Before I go, I want to share with you my favorite quote that reminds me of Labor Day:

Sometimes it’s important to work for that pot of gold. But other times it’s essential to take time off and to make sure that your most important decision in the day simply consists of choosing which color to slide down on the rainbow.  (Douglas Pagels)

I try to do that everyday, in some small way.

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