Mike Cohen's Blog https://blogs.creativecow.net/MikeCohen I have a passion for my job, which entails training for medical professionals such as surgeons, nurses and administrators, not to mention various industries. Technology is great, but how you apply your skills is what pays the bills. Years ago I canceled my Media 100 support contract upon discovering what a treasure trove of helpful advice can be found on the Creative COW website. I am proud to be a part of this fantastic community. In my blog I talk a little about media production, a lot about travel and workflow, and occasionally about cooking, nature and my four-legged friends. Follow me on Twitter: med_ed_mike I'm also on LinkedIn if you can't get enough of me! en-us Fri, 18 Jan 2019 13:00:00 GMT PHP Script webmaster@creativecow.net webmaster@creativecow.net Saturation Wars: How Much Star Wars is Too Much? https://blogs.creativecow.net/blog/14808/saturation-wars-how-much-star-wars-is-too-much https://blogs.creativecow.net/blog/14808/saturation-wars-how-much-star-wars-is-too-much When Disney announced that they would be making a new Star Wars movie every year for at least 10 years I was both excited and a bit skeptical. Back in the 80s it took 3 years for the next SW movie to come out. After Star Wars IV the world waited eagerly for the next one. Empire is now considered th Tue, 29 May 2018 20:35:01 GMT Eating My Way Around the USA...Part II: Attack of the Sushi https://blogs.creativecow.net/blog/14711/eating-my-way-around-the-usapart-ii-attack-of-the-sushi https://blogs.creativecow.net/blog/14711/eating-my-way-around-the-usapart-ii-attack-of-the-sushi I have never eaten sushi from a gas station, and I never will. Pre-packaged egg salad sandwiches in a triangle shaped container are ok, however. I occasionally will get sushi from a grocery store, as long as the person preparing the sushi is visible and/or the date packaged is the current date. I ha Thu, 17 Aug 2017 21:27:33 GMT Eating my way Around the USA https://blogs.creativecow.net/blog/14692/eating-my-way-around-the-usa https://blogs.creativecow.net/blog/14692/eating-my-way-around-the-usa Hello fellow Creative COWs! In thinking about how to start contributing to the COW after a long absence, I am going back to what I seemed to talk about the most - work-related travel. When I first started my career in surgical video, I spent the years crisscrossing the continental US doing 24-hour t Mon, 24 Jul 2017 17:27:17 GMT Management 101 https://blogs.creativecow.net/blog/13939/management-101 https://blogs.creativecow.net/blog/13939/management-101 Working in production, I started out duping VHS tapes and going on shoots to setup gear and learn my craft. Years later, I found myself informally in charge of video production, while we had a sizeable multimedia department not really reporting to anyone - they were mostly hired for a couple of big Mon, 11 Jan 2016 20:35:32 GMT 2015 Chronicles: Under the Dome https://blogs.creativecow.net/blog/13806/2015-chronicles-under-the-dome https://blogs.creativecow.net/blog/13806/2015-chronicles-under-the-dome April began with a convention in Nashville, though not really. The conference was actually at the Gaylord Opryland Resort, known by most as the Biodome. If you have never been to a Gaylord, it is an interesting experience. Certainly an amazing structure. I know that they mean well, but these places Thu, 11 Jun 2015 19:30:47 GMT 2015 Chronicles: Grand Central Surgery https://blogs.creativecow.net/blog/13805/2015-chronicles-grand-central-surgery https://blogs.creativecow.net/blog/13805/2015-chronicles-grand-central-surgery The very next week after LA, I had a two day conference in NY at the Grand Hyatt, attached to Grand Central Terminal. I love this area of Midtown NY with the juxtaposition of old and new architecture, some of the most iconic NY landmarks and easy access by train. Well, I didn't take the train. My w Thu, 11 Jun 2015 19:14:59 GMT 2015 Chronicles: LA Story https://blogs.creativecow.net/blog/13803/2015-chronicles-la-story https://blogs.creativecow.net/blog/13803/2015-chronicles-la-story If you read my post about Los Angeles last year you can refer back to that - same basic deal. This time we used the in-house AV group, and they did mostly fine. Setup was done by about 8pm, leaving time for some sushi before bed. The whole week, each night, Hollywood Blvd was shut down for filming Thu, 11 Jun 2015 18:52:58 GMT 2015 Chronicles: Surgeons of the Caribbean 2: The Magic Cave https://blogs.creativecow.net/blog/13802/2015-chronicles-surgeons-of-the-caribbean-2-the-magic-cave https://blogs.creativecow.net/blog/13802/2015-chronicles-surgeons-of-the-caribbean-2-the-magic-cave If you read the 2014 entry on the Dominican trips, you will know that I document medical procedures performed by a group of US surgeons who travel to the DR. I had spent December and January preparing for this trip, including making sure everyone on the trip had booked travel and that we all had ho Thu, 11 Jun 2015 18:36:44 GMT 2015 Chronicles: The Big Apple https://blogs.creativecow.net/blog/13801/2015-chronicles-the-big-apple https://blogs.creativecow.net/blog/13801/2015-chronicles-the-big-apple I kicked off 2015 with a 2 day trip to NYC to conduct some interviews. I expected a spacious hotel suite, I got a Residence Inn just off Times Square. While some Residence Inns have a lot of space, this one, not so much. I was by myself so I carefully moved furniture around, including moving the tv Thu, 11 Jun 2015 18:26:51 GMT 2014 Adventures Part 15: The Windy City is Particularly Windy in the WInter https://blogs.creativecow.net/blog/13800/2014-adventures-part-15-the-windy-city-is-particularly-windy-in-the-winter https://blogs.creativecow.net/blog/13800/2014-adventures-part-15-the-windy-city-is-particularly-windy-in-the-winter I skipped Part 14, because if you've ready two blog articles about trips to Denver, you've read them all. Use your imagination - it was cold and snowy and productive. Redeye home. That was November. The week after Thanksgiving 2014 it was off to our final conference and trip of the year in Chicago ( Thu, 11 Jun 2015 18:20:35 GMT 2014 Adventures Part 13: Movin on Up https://blogs.creativecow.net/blog/13799/2014-adventures-part-13-movin-on-up https://blogs.creativecow.net/blog/13799/2014-adventures-part-13-movin-on-up To a dee-luxe apartment in the sky-high-high. Anyone born after 1990 might not know what this means. Anyway, the very next week I had a shoot back in Chicago. Problem was, it was the week of some big packaging conference with 100,000+ attendees. Chicago has about 108,000 rooms, so we were numbers 1 Thu, 11 Jun 2015 18:11:03 GMT 2014 Adventures Part 12: The San Francisco Treat https://blogs.creativecow.net/blog/13798/2014-adventures-part-12-the-san-francisco-treat https://blogs.creativecow.net/blog/13798/2014-adventures-part-12-the-san-francisco-treat Rice-a-Roni got it wrong...San Francisco IS the treat. Getting there I took my first 777 - that's a big plane. Here for the annual surgical congress for which we prepare the videos and provide other technical and project management support, San Fran is great in early Fall. Not too hot, not too cool Thu, 11 Jun 2015 17:41:31 GMT 2014 Adventures Part 11: Political Capitol https://blogs.creativecow.net/blog/13797/2014-adventures-part-11-political-capitol https://blogs.creativecow.net/blog/13797/2014-adventures-part-11-political-capitol After a nice break from seeing an airport, October brought me to the next round. First stop Washington DC for the Diabetic Limb Salvage meeting. These events are a great opportunity to check out the latest gear and interact with top notch local crews. For example, this doohickie is the thing to have Thu, 11 Jun 2015 17:24:32 GMT 2014 Adventures Part 10...Actually 7.5...or 8 3/4...? https://blogs.creativecow.net/blog/13796/2014-adventures-part-10actually-75or-8-34 https://blogs.creativecow.net/blog/13796/2014-adventures-part-10actually-75or-8-34 I missed one, but rather than going back to re-number we'll just add it here. It is in fact mid-2015 at the time of writing! This terminal of DIA, by the way, sort of looks like 1980's EPCOT. So mid-July I had another trip to Denver for some more OR training video work. This one also had a requireme Thu, 11 Jun 2015 17:20:08 GMT 2014 Adventures Part 9: Windy City Blues https://blogs.creativecow.net/blog/13795/2014-adventures-part-9-windy-city-blues https://blogs.creativecow.net/blog/13795/2014-adventures-part-9-windy-city-blues With only 2 days in the office to get ready, it was off to Chicago for another big medical conference. I don't recall exactly what day of the week it was, though I do remember feeling a little sleepy during dinner the first night. Let's start at about 4am at BDL, which can be quite busy at this hour Thu, 11 Jun 2015 17:10:03 GMT 2014 Adventures - Part 6: Workation https://blogs.creativecow.net/blog/13586/2014-adventures-part-6-workation https://blogs.creativecow.net/blog/13586/2014-adventures-part-6-workation It's now April 2014 for those keeping score at home! 2014 all told will have me going to 9 conferences. Good thing I went to the Jos. A. Bank buy one get two free sale! Time for some time off, with the occasional e-mail or phone call to wrap up preparations for the conference at the tail end of the Thu, 28 Aug 2014 22:46:18 GMT 2014 Adventures - Part 5: A Tale of Two Cities https://blogs.creativecow.net/blog/13585/2014-adventures-part-5-a-tale-of-two-cities https://blogs.creativecow.net/blog/13585/2014-adventures-part-5-a-tale-of-two-cities Salt Lake City really does feel like two separate places. On the one hand you have a convention center, hotels and restaurants like any other city, not to mention some really unique architecture, spectacular scenery in most directions and a bunch of history. Then in the center of town you have the Thu, 28 Aug 2014 22:44:12 GMT 2014 Adventures - Part 4: The Walk of Fame https://blogs.creativecow.net/blog/13584/2014-adventures-part-4-the-walk-of-fame https://blogs.creativecow.net/blog/13584/2014-adventures-part-4-the-walk-of-fame A few weeks to go until our annual diabetes conference in LA. The course director asked about having a live Twitter feed ticker under the main content. This was a technical challenge, solved in part here on the COW: http://forums.creativecow.net/thread/158/857664#857664 As the thread describes, we u Thu, 28 Aug 2014 22:29:31 GMT 2014 Adventures - Part 3: It's Only a Flesh Wound (Not Safe For Lunch) https://blogs.creativecow.net/blog/13583/2014-adventures-part-3-its-only-a-flesh-wound-not-safe-for-lunch https://blogs.creativecow.net/blog/13583/2014-adventures-part-3-its-only-a-flesh-wound-not-safe-for-lunch Travel to and from Denver has become pretty routine, as long as Southwest continues its daily 9am direct from Hartford, and USAir keeps its 1:30am redeye to Charlotte. This trip was to shoot two new educational videos for operating room personnel. One on wound management presented a unique challenge Thu, 28 Aug 2014 21:58:41 GMT 2014 Adventures - Part 2: AV State of Mind https://blogs.creativecow.net/blog/13582/2014-adventures-part-2-av-state-of-mind https://blogs.creativecow.net/blog/13582/2014-adventures-part-2-av-state-of-mind In early February my itinerary showed Washington DC as the next locale. I use the Tripit app, and sometimes I am not sure where I am going until I get to the airport. Recently I was not sure if I was in DCA or MDW. The venue for the meeting, the Mandarin Oriental, is very swanky, but isolated from t Thu, 28 Aug 2014 21:41:04 GMT