Articles by Timothy R Butler

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Ukraine Waging War on Christianity

By Timothy R Butler | Posted at 2:28 PM

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.

Wombat Pine Pro

An Unfamiliar Name Proves Intriguing

By Timothy R Butler | Posted at 10:29 PM

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.

Don't Take Grafting for Granted (November 14, 2022)

By Timothy R Butler | Posted at 4:47 PM

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.

Songs for Our Temple (Week 46: Ps. 129-130)

By Timothy R Butler | Posted at 10:31 PM

Melanie takes us through Ps. 129-131 and how they help us to turn our trust toward our God.

Missed Doomsdays (November 7, 2022)

By Timothy R Butler | Posted at 8:05 PM

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.

Songs for Our Temple (Week 45: Ps. 126-128)

By Timothy R Butler | Posted at 9:00 AM

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.

Das Keyboard MacTigr

Metadot Exquisitely Crafts a Mac-focused Keyboard

By Timothy R Butler | Posted at 9:50 PM

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.

Really Spooky Stuff (October 31, 2022)

By Timothy R Butler | Posted at 6:38 PM
Tonight we consider the stuff that really scares us: our plans crumbling and the uncertainty we can feel about where God in those moments.

Songs for Our Temple (Week 44: Ps. 123-125)

By Timothy R Butler | Posted at 10:41 PM

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.

NDI Support for Apple Silicon in OBS 28. Finally.

By Timothy R Butler | Posted at 10:15 PM

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.

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