Introducing Gregory Kelley Heiland

Bothering babies to make them make cute faces is fun!

On Tues­day, Dec 28 my lovely wife Julie gave birth to our third son. After some dither­ing back and forth (we’re method­i­cal about baby names) we picked Gre­gory. Every­one is happy and healthy. Vital stats: 20 inches, 7 pounds 9 oz. The broth­ers are adjust­ing well, though Theo’s first response to my phone call telling him it was a boy was “oh no, another one of those.”

Francis is now also a big brother! Proud brother

That’s 5yo Fran­cis (aka “lit­tle big brother”) and 7yo Theo (“big big brother”) meet­ing their new sib­ling at the hos­pi­tal. More pics in the Gre­gory! and Gre­gory in the Hos­pi­tal sets on Flickr.

As you can see, we’ve basi­cally bred triplets spaced over three years apart. As fur­ther evi­dence, here’s Theo and Fran­cis in their first pics (links to their announce­ment posts):
Brotherly love

As I men­tioned, we’re method­i­cal about names. When we were faced with Baby #2 I put together the “Fal­len Baby Names Chart” – clas­sic names that had fal­len out of trendy use. It’s based on the cur­rent rank­ing of the top names of 1900. “Gre­gory” doesn’t appear on our chart because it was almost unused until a sud­den appear­ance in the mid-1940s (see chart, right). Yes, that would be the time when a hand­some young actor named Gre­gory Peck became famous. It peaked in 1962, the year of Peck’s Acad­emy Award for To Kill a Mock­ing­bird and has been drop­ping rapidly ever since. Last year less than one in a thou­sand new­born boys were Gregory’s. While we rec­og­nize Peck’s influ­ence in the name’s Twen­ti­eth Cen­tury pop­u­lar­ity, Julie is think­ing more of Gre­gory of Nyssa [edited, I orig­i­nally linked to another early Gre­gory]. Peck’s par­ents were Catholic (pater­nal rel­a­tives helped lead the Irish Easter Ris­ing) and were pre­sum­ably think­ing of the Catholic saint when they gave him Gre­gory for a mid­dle name (he dropped his first name Eldred for the movies).

More coming in from this weekend’s workshop

Both of my work­shop co-leaders Wess and Robin have now checked in with pre­lim­i­nary reports. More mate­rial is being col­lected on the Quak­erQuaker event page.

Wess and I have both been upload­ing lots of pho­tos to Flickr using the “quakerreclaiming2009” tag. I’ve been upload­ing my video inter­views both on Youtube and Quak­erQuaker. You can see them at the reclaiming2009 tag (I have the feel­ing we’ve just dou­bled the Quaker con­tent on Youtube but it’s not that extreme). Any­one present with more pho­tos can either upload them to Flickr with the “quakerreclaiming2009” tag or send them directly up to Quak­erQuaker. Same with videos.

First thoughts about convergent weekend

Hey all, the Reclaim­ing Prim­i­tive Quak­erism work­shop at California’s Ben Lomond Cen­ter wrapped up a few hours ago (I’m post­ing from the San Jose air­port). I think it went well. There were about thirty par­tic­i­pants. The makeup was very inter­gen­er­a­tional and God and Christ were being named all over the place! 

Group shot

I myself felt stripped through­out the first half, a sense of vague but deep unease – not at how the work­shop was going, but about who I am and where I am. Christ was hard at work point­ing out the lay­ers of pride that I’ve used to pro­tect myself over the last few years. This morning’s agenda was mostly extended wor­ship, begun with “Bible Read­ing in the Man­ner of Con­ser­v­a­tive Friends” (video below) and it really lifted the veil for me – I think God even joked around with me a bit.

As always, many of the high points came unex­pect­edly in small con­ver­sa­tions, both planned and ran­dom. One piece that I’ll be return­ing to again and again is that we need to focus on the small acts and not build any sort of move­ment piece by piece and not worry about the Big Con­fer­ence or the Big Web­site that will change every­thing that we know. That’s not how the Spirit works and our push­ing it to work this way almost invari­ably leads to fail­ure and wasted effort.

Another piece is that we need to start focus­ing on really build­ing up the kind of habits that will work out our spir­i­tual mus­cles. Chad of 27Wishes had a great anal­ogy that had to do with the neo-traditionalist jazz musi­cians and I hoped to get an inter­view with him on that but time ran out. I’ll try to get a remote inter­view (an ear­lier inter­view with him is here, thanks Chad for being the first inter­view of the week­end!)

Wess and Martin computeringI con­ducted a bunch of video inter­views that I’ll start upload­ing to my Youtube account and on the “reclaiming2009” tag on Quak­erQuaker. When you watch them, be char­i­ta­ble. I’m still learn­ing through my style. But it was excit­ing start­ing to do them and it con­firmed my sense that we really need to be burn­ing up Youtube with Quaker stuff.

I need to find my board­ing gate but I do want to say that the other piece is putting together col­lec­tions of prac­tices that Friends can try in their loca­tion Friends com­mu­nity. Gath­er­ing in Light Wess led a really well-received ses­sion that took the Lord’s Prayer and turned it into an inter­ac­tive small group even. We took pho­tos and a bit of video and we’ll be putting it together as a how-to some­where or other.

Pic­tures going up on Flickr, I’ll orga­nize them soon. Also check out Con​ver​gent​Friends​.org and the Reclaim­ing Prim­i­tive Quak­erism work­shop page on Quak­erQuaker.

Theo and Francis play lifeguard

More pics over on the Flickr account. The after­noon rit­ual is to run off to an out­door adven­ture when Fran­cis wakes up from his nap. Favorite spot: the lake park. Here are the boys on top of the life­guard stand.

Bike ride to Pleasant Mills

Bike ride to Pleas­ant Mills — a set on Flickr, orig­i­nally uploaded by martin_kelley.

Fran­cis and I had a nice 22 mi. bike ride on Sat­ur­day. Lots of back
roads through blue­berry fields, and a good off-road jaunt past
car­niv­o­rous plants, orchid-filled bogs and mos­qui­toes galore. Full set of Flickr pic­tures here. (Julie & Theo were busy hang­ing out with the bishop instead),

Pen​n​char​ter​.com Media Pages

William Penn Charter School Media PagesOne ele­ment of a gen­eral social media con­sul­tancy project I’ve under­taken with Philadelphia’s William Penn Char­ter school is a dynamic media page. They had col­lected a large num­ber of pho­tos, movies and pod­cast inter­views, but the media page on their site was sta­tic and with­out pic­tures. I worked with them to come up with media poli­cies and then built a media site that auto­mat­i­cally dis­plays the lat­est Flickr sets and Youtube videos, all laid out attrac­tively with CSS. The Flickr part was com­pli­cated by the fact that Flickr doesn’t pro­duce feeds of sets and this required access to it’s API and fairly exten­sive Yahoo Pipes manip­u­la­tion. The orig­i­nal pod­casts were just uploaded MP3 files and I worked to col­lect them together via Odeo (host­ing) and Feed­burner (feed pub­lish­ing), which then pro­vides RSS and iTunes sup­port. The actual con­tent for the page is col­lected together on the Mar​tinkel​ley​.com server and embed­ded into the Penn Char­ter media pages via javascript. Other work with Penn Char­ter includes Google Ana­lyt­ics and Dreamweaver sup­port.

Update: Pen­n­Char­ter redesigned their web­site in August 2009 and the Media Page is unavail­able.

Client Testimonial:

“Mar­tin has worked for our school to inte­grate Web 2.0 tech­nolo­gies
into our com­mu­ni­ca­tion mate­ri­als. Mar­tin is highly-personable and his
is an expert in cur­rent tech­no­log­i­cal approaches. This is a hard match
to find in con­sul­tants.” April 30, 2009

Michael Moul­ton, Tech­nol­ogy Direc­tor, William Penn Char­ter School.
Hired Mar­tin as a IT Con­sul­tant in 2007, and hired Mar­tin more than once.
Top qual­i­ties: Per­son­able, Expert, High Integrity.


AmyOutlaw.orgThis is a fairly stan­dard Mov­able Type blog for a Friend (Quaker) based in the West-Philly neigh­bor­hood of Philadel­phia, PA. The most unusual ele­ment is that the client wanted two sep­a­rate blogs: one meant for daily posts and the other for more weekly posts (it’s all set up in MT via cat­e­gories). This also shows the use of Sli­doo for a photo ban­ner head. The pic­tures are all pulled from a par­tic­u­lar set of her Flickr account. Visit site.