Melissa will be performing in the Colorado Ballet production of Coppélia at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House in the Denver Center for Performing Arts.

We start with “once upon a time” and end with “wow!” A children’s tale, perhaps. But this is really a magical event for everyone with an imagination and a funny bone. This classic ballet is filled with magic and mayhem. Start with one eccentric toy-maker, throw in a plan to bring a mechanical doll to life, and mix well with a red-blooded young lover, a jealous fiancé and an array of mischievous maidens. You end up with a wild mix of abracadabra, spooky adventure and plenty of old-fashioned love. Don’t miss this enchanting tale and playful choreography!

Click here for the Coppélia Study Guide.

Updates and Desktop Pictures

I’ve come to the realization that spammers have used a web crawler to harvest email addresses from my website, so I’ve removed all of the email links, including the pages for Friends and Family. I will clean up those pages and link them back in as soon as I have time.

At a recent MacinTech officers meeting, we had a brief discussion about “Desktop Pictures” (that would be “Wallpaper” if you are PC-inclined). I decided that I would post some of mine as samples. These are some of the pictures that I’ve taken over the past couple of years that I use as desktop backgrounds.

Congratulations to Madisen!

Congratulations to our friend Madisen Beaty, who has landed the role of “Young Daisy” in the feature film The Curious Case of Benjamin Button starring Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett! “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” is based on the story by F. Scott Fitzgerald and directed by David Fincher. It is about a Man (Benjamin Button – played by Brad Pitt) who ages backwards, and his love affair with Daisy (played by Cate Blanchett). Madisen will play the part of Daisy, Cate Blanchett’s character, at the age 10-12. It is a period film that takes place 1934-1937, and will be filmed in Louisiana. The filming is supposed to start this month, but the film isn’t expected to be released until 2008.

In Memory of Michael Bartosh 1977-2006

Our hearts go out to the family and friends of local Denver Macintosh consultant, trainer, and author Michael Bartosh… Michael died in an accident in Japan early Sunday morning, 11 June 2006. He is survived by his wife, Amber.

Michael was the CTO of 4am Media, based in Denver. He was an extremely knowledgeable individual, an official Apple Curriculum Trainer, and the principal author of Essential Mac OS X Panther Server Administration from O’Reilly. He was a frequent contributor to the Mac OS X Server mailing list, the Apple Consultants Network mailing lists, and several website forums such as

I didn’t really know Michael very well, having only exchanged email with him from time to time, but he will be sadly missed by the Macintosh community. There are several thoughtful tributes to Michael on the web, including and Chuck Toporek on MacDevCenter at O’Reilly Network. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, with condolences on their loss.

Rustic Wildfire

This weekend while camping in the Poudre Canyon, near Rustic, Colorado, we were able to witness a wildfire from start to finish! A lightning strike started a wildfire just across the Poudre River from our campsite on Saturday morning, 20 May 2006. We confirmed that the fire had already been called in to officials. Throughout the day, we were able to see the fire spread, and saw several “slurry drops” from a small plane. The local volunteer fire department and the Forest Service moved in several crews, and had a “line” below the fire before nightfall. While we were able to see the glow of the fire during the night, the firefighters must have been hard at work, because by daybreak on Sunday there was very little sign of smoke or fire. Click here for more pictures…