ScribeFire and Zemanta Together!

Just when I thought it couldn’t get any better in my blogging world, I saw today that Zemanta (the content enrichment tool I discussed last week) has joined up with ScribeFire (a very popular Firefox blog editor add-on). Because I am always up for trying new tools that enhance and streamline my process, I shot right over to Firefox and ScribeFire’s website to take a look. The editor has the necessary tools for formatting and drafting, plus some nice extra extras, like the ability to drag and drop content from the web window underlying the engaged editor. The editor remains engaged in the web window, even across separate tabs, which greatly facilitates the search for web content. Just highlight the text you wish to include in a blog entry, right click and select “blog this page” from the context menu. The selected text will appear in the editor window.

ScribeFire supports WordPress, Blogger, Drupal, TypePad, LiveJournal, Windows Live spaces and others. You can use it for more than one blog. There are buttoms for the editor, monetize (adding advertising), Technorati, settings, and about. There is also a bookmarks page that allows you to manage delicious bookmarks.

The new “cool” here is the addition of a buttom for Zemanta. I clicked on it and the links you see below showed up in my post, and in the sidebar. The sidebar includes more articles, which can be selected if the drafter wants to beef up the content even more.

Tools like ScribeFire and Zemanta go far in eliminating blogging objections. Expect to see more ScribeFire and Zemanta buttons in my posts going forward.

Get Your New Kindle (And Stephen King Novel) Here!

Today, the Wall Street Journal announced the new Amazon Kindle, complete with an exclusive Stephen King novel. There is not a lot of information yet on new features, but it clearly is a nicer package with its new Weight Watchers profile. The thin look makes this more of a contender for me in the eReader category, but I am still not sure if this wins my top spot from Plastic Logic’s imminent offering.

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Collaboration Through Wikis: Law Firm Case Study

How Wikilaw Works
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For the few of you who don’t already read Slaw, the excellent Canadian law blog, I am reposting here an entry by Connie Crosby on law firm use of Wikis. The firm in question, Hicks Morley, uses a Wiki as its intranet platform. Ms. Crosby also links to a presentation by KM Specialist Heather Colman, about Wikis in Legal Practice. Hit the jump below and follow the links in Ms. Crosby’s post for the presentation. You can also find related articles about the law and Wikis from the Slaw contributors at the bottom. Happy Hunting!

Collaboration Through Wikis: Law Firm Case Study >> Slaw

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'Tis the Season – For Articles About Lawyers-Turned-Authors

A shelf of John Grisham's books
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Hot on the heals of my post about Scott Turow, I happened upon an article about that “other” legal fiction writer, John Grisham. The Post Bulletin has an article about Mr. Grisham jawing about his “easy” life. Grisham, who previously served as both a lawyer and a long-time politician in the Mississippi House of Representatives, assures that he still has lots of fun writing books and has no interest in a return to his former professions. Grisham has finished up his 22nd book, The Associate, and has even created a Facebook page to promote it. In this novel, Grisham takes his own shots at the large corporate Wall Street firms that are already besieged by criticism from clients and attorneys alike. I particularly like this quote from the article:

The author, who splits his time between his farmhouse in Mississippi and a plantation near Charlottesville, Va., hired a young lawyer to be his research assistant and gather off-the-record stories from associates in New York firms. He also read blogs by disgruntled lawyers painting brutal portraits of the workplace.

Nothing like taking full advantage of the Web to research the next great legal thriller and the sordid dealings in BigLaw. The book, which is out now, is already the subject of a movie deal, with Shia Labeouf case in the lead. Talk about an alternative lawyer job: working as a research attorney for Grisham’s novels!

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‘Tis the Season – For Articles About Lawyers-Turned-Authors

A shelf of John Grisham's books
Image via Wikipedia

Hot on the heals of my post about Scott Turow, I happened upon an article about that “other” legal fiction writer, John Grisham. The Post Bulletin has an article about Mr. Grisham jawing about his “easy” life. Grisham, who previously served as both a lawyer and a long-time politician in the Mississippi House of Representatives, assures that he still has lots of fun writing books and has no interest in a return to his former professions. Grisham has finished up his 22nd book, The Associate, and has even created a Facebook page to promote it. In this novel, Grisham takes his own shots at the large corporate Wall Street firms that are already besieged by criticism from clients and attorneys alike. I particularly like this quote from the article:

The author, who splits his time between his farmhouse in Mississippi and a plantation near Charlottesville, Va., hired a young lawyer to be his research assistant and gather off-the-record stories from associates in New York firms. He also read blogs by disgruntled lawyers painting brutal portraits of the workplace.

Nothing like taking full advantage of the Web to research the next great legal thriller and the sordid dealings in BigLaw. The book, which is out now, is already the subject of a movie deal, with Shia Labeouf case in the lead. Talk about an alternative lawyer job: working as a research attorney for Grisham’s novels!

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