Hi. My name's Meredith, and I like to make stuff.
In the past, most of that stuff was fiction, mostly SF and fantasy. For a while I was working on a creative writing degree at the University of Houston -- I grew up in Kingwood, about 45 minutes north of the city -- but then I got kicked out of that program and got my BA in linguistics instead.
I tried living in the real world for a while, with a tech writing job at Compaq, but then I decided I didn't like that very much, so I decided to get a master's in linguistics from the University of Iowa. About a year into that, I got invited into the PhD program in computer science, and I've been there since August of 2003. I used to focus on computational linguistics, but I've taken a step outward to work in the area where data mining and databases intersect. I still think context-free grammars are pretty neat, though, and have a side project in security that relies on them.
When I'm not busy coding, I like to read (Harlan Ellison, Robin McKinley and Robert Heinlein are a few of my favourite authors), experiment with recipes, and mess around with amateur radio. I also enjoy knitting, sewing, and target shooting.