Articles by Timothy R Butler
A notable TV personality claimed last night that Ukrainian President Zelensky declared “war on Christianity.” Wondering if this is true? It is not; this is unequivocally false. Here’s what’s going on: the Ukrainian government has restricted the Russian state church’s operations in Ukrainian after the Russian government was found to be using it to do espionage. (That same church is led by a man who is explicitly encouraging war on innocent civilians in Ukraine.) The Orthodox Church of Ukraine recognized by the Patriarch of Constantinople, along with Catholics and Protestants, are unaffected and able to minister in Ukraine freely. In other words, this restriction is only on a group blaspheming the name of Christ by functioning as an arm of a hostile government waging an unjust war and trying to use the teachings of Christ to justify it.
An Unfamiliar Name Proves Intriguing
Continuing the fall keyboard review season with the interesting Wombat Pine Pro:
Mechanical keyboard makers generally fall into two broad categories: established gaming peripheral companies and a series of upstarts, like Keychron and Epomaker, focused purely on mechanical boards. Wombat Keyboards is neither and, like the company, its Pine Pro keyboard feels like a unique entry into a market flooded with very similar offerings.
This week we explore how we get to be a part of the story we have been following throughout Scripture. And how that affects our attitude.
Melanie takes us through Ps. 129-131 and how they help us to turn our trust toward our God.
Lots of things get predicted… but do they happen? As we consider the New Covenant, we see that God foretold something that applies to us.
This was my week on “Songs for Our Temple” and for it, we turn to Psalms 126-128 to think about thankfulness and blessings from our God.
Metadot Exquisitely Crafts a Mac-focused Keyboard
I’ve been reviewing keyboards once again on OFB, this week a new Mac-focused keyboard from one of my favorite keyboard makers, Metadot:
At the height of the rage around the first consumer marketed Hummer, later rechristened the H1, I remember getting the chance to climb into one at the nation’s leading dealer of that incredibly robust SUV. The vehicle was capable of tackling terrain no car I’ve ever owned could, but also was incredibly basic on certain creature comforts. This is a professional tool. That analogy aptly fits the Das Keyboard MacTigr, the curiously spelled, newly released keyboard from Metadot.
Jason takes us through Psalms 123-125 as we continue our one year journey through these songs praising God and applying His truth to our lives.
So, it has been about two years since Apple introduced the M1 processor, which remains a truly impressive feat of engineering — I love how well things can run on even a low-end M1 computer. Since then, the M1 Pro/Max/Ultra and M2 have come out, but OBS — the standard bearer for live-streaming software — only finally added native Apple Silicon support in late August. That delay wasn’t a huge problem since Apple Rosetta runs Intel native apps incredibly well in translation. OBS is an intensive application, but runs at least as well on an M1 Mac through Rosetta as it does on a high-end Intel Mac.
The late but finally here native release should prove even better, but for one problem when using it in a setting like I do (and like many church users do) where you want to bring in graphics and video conveyed using NewTek’s NDI protocol. About two months after OBS finally went Apple Silicon native,
obs-ndi is still not ready for the new version. Thankfully, DDRBoxman has done the work to make the old version of that plugin work on OBS 28 on all the major platforms.
Two caveats to getting it up and running; the installer installed the plugin to
/library/Application Support/obs-studio/plugins/obs-ndi.plugin, but OBS does not seem to find it there. I moved it to
~/Library/Application Support/obs-studio/plugins to resolve that.
Also, you need an Apple Silicon native copy of the NDI Runtime, which is not included. A forum post on the
obs-ndi GitHub tracker clued me in. I downloaded the latest, Apple Silicon native version of NDI Tools for free and the found the
NDI Video Monitor app in the Applications folder. I right clicked it, clicked “Show Package Contents,” and then went into the
Contents/Frameworks folder. The library located there needed to be copied to
/usr/local/lib/ and renamed to
libndi.4.dylib in order for the plugin to detect it.
Messy, but worth it: I now have native OBS with NDI support running on Apple Silicon.