Closed Windows

As I’ve become more and more accustomed to OS X I’ve required Windows less and less. The truth is that I really never used it much on my Macs. I was running Windows in Parallels in order to use a couple of programs, namely Microsoft Word, Audacity, PowerChurch Plus, and BibleWorks 9.

Now I had Word for Mac and it was terrible. I think it was the 2010 or 2011 version but I honestly can’t remember. All I know is that it looked terrible and the functionality sucked. It was nothing like the Word I knew and loved from Windows. So I used my Windows version in Parallels with no issue. But the new version of Word for Mac is a genuine pleasure to use. It looks great and the integration with OneDrive is unbelievably convenient as I use Word on multiple computers and platforms (i.e., OS X and iOS). So Word in Windows was no longer necessary.

For about a year my personal MacBook Pro was also my church’s main computer. I was running all of our A/V stuff on my machine as well as keeping track of the church’s finances. I used Audacity to record sermons and PowerChurch Plus to keep record of everyone’s giving. Audacity was available for Mac but for whatever reason I had a buggy copy. It would crash every time I opened it so I decided to just download it for Windows and run it in Parallels. Well, I decided after quite some time to give it another try and I ended up with a stable version so I no longer needed it in Windows. PowerChurch Plus is still just for Windows (at least the copy we have) but the church now has its own MacBook Pro so there’s no need for me to use it on my personal computer.

And finally, there’s BibleWorks 9. This was the one program that led me to get Parallels and put Windows on my computer in the first place. I love BibleWorks, I really do. I used to use it daily in my studies and I used it for years with great profit. But when I got the Mac Accordance sent me a copy for review and over time I’ve come to use Accordance regularly and BibleWorks only occasionally. It grew to the point where I wasn’t using BibleWorks at all. Sad but true.

So in the end, I don’t need Windows these days. At least not on any of my Macs. I still have my old Toshiba running (I use it to download items and scan them for viruses). And for this reason I decided to remove it from my MacBook Pro. It was taking up nearly 60GB of space that I could be using for other applications and storage. So I guess the saying is true, when one Windows closes another door opens… or something like that.


Back to the Beats

I’ve noted many times throughout the years that I have an addictive personality. Before Christ it was drugs and women. After coming to Christ it was study, books, technology, and most recently music. I used to make music in my teens and early 20s. I always gravitated towards rapping rather than producing but I did produce a little bit back then as well.

Well for whatever reason I got this urge to start messing with music production again. For a while I tried to ignore it because I didn’t think I had the time to learn how to use the software and hardware needed for the task. But the urge persisted and the nature of addiction is to give into urges.

So I got Logic Pro X (for the express reason that it’s made specifically for OS X and I wanted whatever would give me the least amount of trouble). I watched some stuff on YouTube and then started learning the program a little bit. It’s fairly intuitive and I got the basics down pretty quickly but I know it’ll take me a long time to learn the ins and outs.

I made a couple of beats using just my iMac’s keyboard but soon realized that I wanted to do more and was limited by my lack of hardware. So after much consideration and quite a bit of research I decided to purchase a MIDI controller. I opted for the AKAI MPK249 since AKAI is a name I know and trust and it was the second choice of the people who wrote the article that influenced my decision to get a MIDI controller. For the record, the only reason it was their second choice was its price as compared to their first choice.

So now I have the basics. A good piece of hardware and a good piece of software. I’ve been making a beat a day just to get into the swing of things. None of them are complete but that’s okay because I’m trying to learn the program and keyboard. I’ve been posting snippets on Instagram and I’ll probably start putting some stuff up on the blog for kicks and giggles.

So yeah, making music is my new addiction at the moment. It’s fun. I’m not trying to make a living doing this but it’s a nice hobby.


Things I Hate

I hate Pandora. In theory it’s a cool idea for a music app but in reality it sucks. We put it on at work and it doesn’t matter what Christian music station I create, I inevitably end up hearing the same 10 songs many times over throughout the day. It’s vexing.

I hate that warm weather makes people, especially men, want to expose their feet. Put some socks on and save us all the disgust.

I hate that I don’t write as much as I used to. I’d love to say that I’ll make the time to write more but I know that I won’t. I hate that too. I had dreams of writing books but it doesn’t seem like that’s gonna happen any time soon, if ever.

I hate that I don’t read as much as I’d like to. I could read more. I’m just lazy. I have down time at work where I could be reading more but instead I’m looking at pictures on Instagram or watching YouTube. I also hate that I’ve grown so lazy.

I hate the fact that I always go back to junk food after losing weight and then inevitably put the weight back on. It’s amazing how disciplined I can be in my diet and then just throw it all away out of convenience (= laziness).

I hate other stuff too but this is what came to mind. Carry on with your day. I hope it’s not filled with stuff you hate.


Just Ordered

Continuing my binge book buying behavior I just ordered several volumes from CBD’s slightly imperfect stock because they were extra cheap. Here’s what I got (links lead to Amazon):

Knocking on Heaven’s Door: A New Testament Theology of Petitionary Prayer – David Crump

Studying the Ancient Israelites: A Guide to Sources and Methods – Victor Matthews

Jesus and Scripture: Studying the New Testament Use of the Old Testament – Steve Moyise

The Later New Testament Writings and Scripture: The Old Testament in Acts, Hebrews, the Catholic Epistles, and Revelation – Steve Moyise

Personal Jesus: How Popular Music Shapes Our Souls – Clive Marsh & Vaughan Roberts

Jesus Have I Loved, But Paul?: A Narrative Approach to the Problem of Pauline Christianity – J. R. Daniel Kirk

A Theological Introduction to the Pentateuch: Interpreting the Torah as Christian Scripture – Richard S. Briggs & Joel N. Lohr, eds.

Atonement, Law, and Justice: The Cross in Historical and Cultural Contexts – Adonis Vidu

Key Questions about Biblical Interpretation: Old Testament Answers – John Goldingay

Scripture and Tradition: What the Bible Really Says – Edith M. Humphrey

Justification and the Gospel: Understanding the Contexts and Controversies – R. Michael Allen

Paul Unbound: Other Perspectives on the Apostle – Mark D. Given

Psalms: A Guide to Studying the Psalter, 2nd ed. – W. H. Bellinger Jr.

Basil of Caesarea – Stephen M. Hildebrand

Paul and the Early Jewish Encounter with Deuteronomy – David Lincicum 

Ecclesiastes and Song of Songs: Teach the Text Commentary – Edward M. Curtis

This might be it for a while. Unless of course I see some other stuff that I want…


Just Ordered

So I decided to continue my book buying binge and support the Westminster Bookstore at the same time. I just ordered the following seven volumes:

Jesus is the Christ: The Messianic Testimony of the Gospels – Michael Bird

Reformed Dogmatics, Volume Four: Soteriology – Geerhardus Vos

One God in Three Persons: Unity of Essence, Distinction of Persons, Implications for Life – Bruce Ware & John Starke, eds.

Locating Atonement: Explorations in Constructive Dogmatics – Oliver Crisp & Fred Sanders, eds.

John Frame’s Selected Shorter Writings, Volumes 1 & 2 – John Frame

Christian Theistic Evidences, 2nd ed. – Cornelius Van Til

What’s amazing is that I threw all of the same volumes in my Amazon shopping cart and found that I saved over $20 by getting them from Westminster! The order was enough to qualify for free UPS shipping, which means I’ll receive them by Friday since the bookstore is so close to home.


An Inspirational Promo

I was just perusing the Westminster Bookstore website and I watched their quick promo video. Aside from being impressed by the production quality I was inspired by the vision and mission of the bookstore itself. It exists for more than to furnish students with the materials needed for their courses at WTS. It’s not just another bookstore in the niche theology market. It truly exists for the edification of God’s people. I never gave much consideration to the thought and care that goes into the decisions on which volumes to stock but I can assure you that I’ll never be able to not consider it again. I will be praying for this ministry (because that’s what it is) and I’ll be making a more concerted effort to support them with my spending even if I pay a dollar or two more at the end of the day. Here’s the video that inspired me: