My name is Erin Thead, and I am a graduate student in operational/professional meteorology at Mississippi State University. (This is my own web site, though; they have nothing to do with the content or the hosting.) My undergraduate degree was in software engineering. My specializations are in web design: Java, PHP, HTML/CSS, and Perl are the languages in which I prefer to work. I am well-versed in object-oriented design and database work as well, and I make it a point to build information security into the design itself rather than add it on at the finish.
From 2006 to 2007, I worked in online marketing, database/web development, and administrative functions in the John Kerry for Senate political campaign. They also had (and have) nothing to do with the content that is on this website, including blog content. I was never an official blogger, and anything I have written here or on any blog on the Internet should be taken as my own opinions.
This site pretty well explains most of my interests and hobbies, but I'll reiterate them anyway because there are a few that aren't covered: art, writing, fantasy, Steampunk, the work of J. R. R. Tolkien, Pixar movies, Jane Austen novels, theoretical physics, cats, weather, gadgets, and Web development. Check out my links and weather links for sites that I like.
In 1997 and 1998, I took part in the Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee representing the newspaper The Clarion-Ledger of Jackson, MS. I made the finals both years. Later, in 1999, the Mississippi Legislature passed a resolution acknowledging it (PDF).
THIS is my one and only Facebook account. It is infrequently updated, but I feel that I should keep it in existence to prevent someone from setting up a page impersonating me. Evidently, this is becoming a problem. I don't like that website and strongly prefer my own, because I can customize this site as much as I like.