Specifically, I learned that aligning them is a Grade 5 job.
I didn’t learn why they’re “phase array emitters” and not “phase emitter arrays”. When I heard what they were called, I said, “That makes it sound like they emit phase arrays.”
Dr. Li was standing behind me and he said, “I knew you were a clever one.” I swear to God, I have no idea if he’s messing with me or not.
To be fair, while “phase emitter array” would be one step closer to making sense, I’d still have no idea what one would do. Emit phases? I don’t know in what context a phase is something that can be emitted. Right now my working theory is that they were created by a Star Trek fan who wanted to work with something that sounded like “Phaser Ray Emitter” and so they stretched a couple of points when naming their science machine.
The phase array emitters are these three metal coil doodads radiating on spokes from the upper part of Dr. Cranor’s n-dimensional phase shift generator. From what I’ve seen while doing my glorified janitor work, the phase array emitters send what looks like a plasma arc or some kind of charged particle stream down to a central focusing point at the bottom part.
Apparently, they’re pretty central to whatever it is we do here, because there was a lot of standing around while the Grade 5 techs climbed around on the catwalks and tried to get them into order. Dr. Cranor actually apologized to me for not putting my skills to use. I don’t think she’s ever apologized to anyone before.
Anyway, I’m going to sign off now and try to get my little apartment cleaned. I know I left in a hurry this morning, but I swear it’s just as bad when I moved in here. It would have been nice if the workers who took so much time and attention to detail in moving the mess from my previous quarters would have instead left everything neat, but I guess maybe they’re used to dealing with idiosyncratic loner types and don’t like to make judgment calls about things like whether a pile of stuff on the floor is a mess or a personal filing system.