So, this week has been a repetition of the light show we made last Thursday, with some refinements each time: more stable n-squares (as I think of them), less arc-y arcs, fewer sparks. Today, after Dr. Cranor finished directing adjustments to the array, the whole formation began to rotate around a central axis. It was pretty hypnotic, like a kaleidoscope that shifts in directions you didn’t know exists.
I still don’t know exactly what’s going on, though I’m picking up a greater understanding of the relationship between what we do and the effects produced, as well as some slight grasp of the theoretical background behind it. Knowing that Dr. Cranor thinks I’m pretty on the ball, I think maybe I can chance picking her brain a little without her thinking I’m a complete ignoramus. After all, I still have the excuse of being the newbie. I won’t be able to milk that forever.
I tried to strike up a conversation with her, which was awkward because I’m not great at starting conversations and I don’t think she’s fond of having them. I didn’t get very far, though, because she just told me to watch myself around Dr. Li.
“My gut says you’re too good to fall in with him,” she said. “You have too much promise to let him corrupt you.”
That was another one of those what-do-you-even-say-to-that things, so I just sort of nodded and left.