On Saturday, my uncle Bill, suffered a cardiac arrest, caused by arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat). I was unknown at the time how long his brain was deprived of oxygen. He was brought to Mass. General, where they are keeping him in a coma and they lowered his body temperature do reduce swelling in the brain. However, now it appears that his brain went without oxygen for a while and that the effect is equivalent to a massive stroke. At this point the prognosis is very poor and barring a miracle, recovery is considered highly unlikely. The doctors are going to begin slowly taking him off sedation in the next day or two, but at his point, they are not expecting him to live for more than a week. Needless to say this is very difficult for our extended family. Please keep Bill in your prayers. Bill has visited my Dad's church, but to the best of our knowledge is not a believer. My uncle Bill is the one who got me into photography. (My other uncle gave me his camera, but it was uncle Bill who taught me how to use it) He taught me cool techniques like light painting with a slow exposure and a flashlight. I still do that a Christmas time when photographing the family Christmas tree. He is a very quiet man with just about the driest sense of humor ever. He'll wait till you are taking a drink, then say four words and you'll spew your drink everywhere. He got me into A/V (he has a beautiful sound system with some of the best sounding speakers I've ever heard, an old pair of Bose 901's). When I told him that I was doing technical theatre, he bought me books on the business of technical theatre and the Sound Reinforcement Handbook. He means a lot to me and this is really, really hard to deal with right now.