I am going to be withdrawing from the forums here, the equipment destruction has given me reason to pause, and to be honest, the current media noise re Star Wars and fan restoration has me concerned as well.
My work has always been about preservation, both helping people with resources and technique to learn how to do it themselves, and to undertake my own preservation projects to help ensure the films I love are not lost forever. I have no interest in distributing restorations, my only goal is preservation of films that have not already been preserved.
I have thought a lot about my resources, and have decided not to make any scans I have done myself available to anyone that is not working directly in the preservation field, but feel free to contact me if you have an educational or study use, or anything else that would fall under fair usage laws. Harmy has access to the same resources that I do, and I am sure he will continue to do great work with them.
I will continue my own preservation work and rebuild my gear, and will probably setup a simple preservation website or join an existing one soon, so I am not becoming a hermit or anything, but won’t be spnding as much time online.
A big thanks to everyone on the OT forums, I have had a great time and learned so much from everyone here, and to everyone that helped me out with HDDs and resources, you will not be forgotten, I’ll keep you all in the loop as my work progresses.
This wasn’t an easy decision, I do spend an inordinate amount of time in these forums, but life has also been getting increasingly difficult, my main employer hit hard times and has let most staff go, including me, and as many of you know, one of my four daughters is physically and mentally disabled, and as she hits puberty, she has become far more difficult to look after, imagine someone who is mentally an 18 month old, that is 5 foot tall, and incredibly strong, that is simultaneously going through the both the tantrum phase of ‘the terrible twos’ and the throws of hormones and mood swings of a teenager, coupled with random violent outbursts, and you can see how it puts a lot of stress on the family, especially when you also have a three year old daughter, safety is also a real concern.
So I have decided that I probably should spend more time on family stuff, and less time online, so this seems as good a time as any to start doing exactly that.
Thanks again to everyone here that has enriched my knowledge and life in so many ways, it has been a joy and priveledge to call you my friends, even though I never met a single one of you in the real world 😃
Cheers, and goodbye
Sorry to hear you’re leaving, Peter, but it sounds like a wise choice. I know you’ve had health, family, and now technical problems that are all quite big in their respective ways.
Also I think if I were any of the main players in the great restorations here, I would definitely be considering a period of semi-hibernation (it seems that most here are between major projects anyway). It simply isn’t worth the risk. TN1’s public website makes it much easier for the press, who are already probably primed to amplify this kind of thing due to TFA.
Best of luck Peter. See you around someday, hopefully.