Raffi Kojian

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[[Image:Darts-CIMG5580.JPG|right|frame|Raffi's final turn in darts which finished off [[Arlen Dilsizian|Arlen]].]]Raffi Kojian is the creator and webmaster of Armeniapedia.org and Cilicia.com.  Born to [[Bedros Kojian|Bedros]] and Anahid in [[Ethiopia]], his family moved to the USA when he was young.  He grew up in Orange County, [[California]], and after a couple of stays in Armenia, moved there in 1999, where he resides today.  After extensive travel in Armenia, in 2001 he published the first edition of Rediscovering Armenia, much of which was to [[Brady Kiesling]]s credit, the second expanded and updated edition was published in 2005 - though it is always [[Rediscovering Armenia Guidebook|available online for free]].  In the summer of 2001 he was hired to open Armenia's first tourist information office, which opened at 3 Nalbandian Street. Hobbies/interess include gardening, reading, "remonding", cafes, and the ever-challenging in a land-locked country beach visit.  He has strong libertarian tendencies.
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[[Image:Darts-CIMG5580.JPG|right|frame|Raffi's final turn in darts which finished off [[Arlen Dilsizian|Arlen]].]]Raffi Kojian is the creator and webmaster of Armeniapedia.org and Cilicia.com.  Born to [[Bedros Kojian|Bedros]] and Anahid in [[Ethiopia]], his family moved to the USA when he was young.  He grew up in Orange County, [[California]], and after a couple of stays in Armenia, moved there in 1999, where he resides today.  After extensive travel in Armenia, in 2001 he published the first edition of [[Rediscovering Armenia Guidebook|Rediscovering Armenia]], much of which was to [[Brady Kiesling]]s credit, the second expanded and updated edition was published in 2005 - though it is always [[Rediscovering Armenia Guidebook|available online for free]].  In the summer of 2001 he was hired to open Armenia's first tourist information office, which opened at 3 Nalbandian Street. Hobbies/interess include gardening, reading, "remonding", cafes, and the ever-challenging in a land-locked country beach visit.  He has strong libertarian tendencies.
  
 
His signature on emails, n_w$$h has been used since the early 1990s.  It is meant to be a latin character equivalent to ռաֆֆի
 
His signature on emails, n_w$$h has been used since the early 1990s.  It is meant to be a latin character equivalent to ռաֆֆի
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*Mentioned in credits to Adventure Armenia: Hiking book.
 
*Mentioned in credits to Adventure Armenia: Hiking book.
 
*Mentioned in Wall Street article in July 6, 2001.
 
*Mentioned in Wall Street article in July 6, 2001.
*Appeared in 1994 documentary on Land and Culture Organization.
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*Appeared in 1994 documentary on [[Land and Culture Organization]].
  
===Books I like===
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==Websites==
Adult: Catch-22...
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===Raffi's websites===
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*http://www.armeniapedia.org
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*http://www.cilicia.com
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*http://www.calendar.am
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===Other===
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*http://www.tufenkian.am (created for Tufenkian Armenia based on us design)
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*http://www.armeniainfo.am (did original design in 2001, now completely revamped)
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*http://www.usaid.gov/am (did revamp in 2003-5, revamped since then)
  
Kids: 100 Pounds of Popcorn....
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==Favorite Books==
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Adult: Catch-22, Kurt Vonnegut (anything he wrote), James Michener (much of what he wrote), The Fountainhead (Ayn Rand), Atlas Shrugged (Ayn Rand), The Human Comedy, 1984, A Confederacy of Dunces, The Fool (by Raffi), Brave New World, War of the Worlds.
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Kids: 100 Pounds of Popcorn, the Great Brain (series), Alvin Fernald (series), the Three Investigators (series), The Mad Scientists Club, My Name is Aram, A Wrinkle in Time.
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==External links==
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*http://www.cilicia.com/armo_life-log.html -
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*http://www.flickr.com/photos/raffikojian/ - Raffi's online photo album
  
 
[[Category:Armenian Individuals|Kojian, Raffi]]
 
[[Category:Armenian Individuals|Kojian, Raffi]]

Revision as of 06:00, 1 May 2006

File:Darts-CIMG5580.JPGRaffi Kojian is the creator and webmaster of Armeniapedia.org and Cilicia.com. Born to Bedros and Anahid in Ethiopia, his family moved to the USA when he was young. He grew up in Orange County, California, and after a couple of stays in Armenia, moved there in 1999, where he resides today. After extensive travel in Armenia, in 2001 he published the first edition of Rediscovering Armenia, much of which was to Brady Kieslings credit, the second expanded and updated edition was published in 2005 - though it is always available online for free. In the summer of 2001 he was hired to open Armenia's first tourist information office, which opened at 3 Nalbandian Street. Hobbies/interess include gardening, reading, "remonding", cafes, and the ever-challenging in a land-locked country beach visit. He has strong libertarian tendencies.

His signature on emails, n_w$$h has been used since the early 1990s. It is meant to be a latin character equivalent to ռաֆֆի

In the 1990s Raffi created some of the first freeware Armenian truetype fonts. Ararat (soonafter renamed Masis), Arax, Sasun, and much later, Tamar.

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AASCI Signature

In the early 1990's Raffi often used the following aasci art at the end of his messages. At the time it was used in a book about the internet as an example of ASCII art. (Yes, Mt. Ararat is shown from the Western Armenia perspective)

    _ .      __________________________________     ,,      .
   /# /_\_  |                                  |    |\_|/__/|
  |  |/o\o\ |             n_w$$h               |   / / \/ \  \
  |  \\_/_/ |                                  |  /__|O||O|__ \
 / |_   |   |                                  | |/_ \_/\_/ _\ |
|  ||\_ ~|  | Armenia    /\     Mt. Ararat     | | | (____) | ||
|  ||| \/   |          /    \                  |   \/\___/\__/
|  |||_     |        //\/\ /\\\\     /\        |  (_/         ||
 \//  |     |      ////////\\\\\\\\///\\\      |   |          ||
  ||  |     |____//////////\\\\\\/////\\\\\____|   |          ||\
  ||_  \    |      RAFFI  KOJIAN     |  HAPPY  |   \         //_/
  \_|  o|   |                        |  HAPPY  |    \_______//
  /\____/   |                        | JOY JOY |    __ || __||
 /  ||||__  |________________________|_________|   (____(____)
    (___)_) |     -Picture by Norm Sippel-     |   /**********\

Other mentions

  • Mentioned in credits of Bradt Guide to Georgia with Armenia
  • Mentioned in credits to Lonely Planet Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan, second edition.
  • Mentioned in credits to Adventure Armenia: Hiking book.
  • Mentioned in Wall Street article in July 6, 2001.
  • Appeared in 1994 documentary on Land and Culture Organization.

Websites

Raffi's websites

Other

Favorite Books

Adult: Catch-22, Kurt Vonnegut (anything he wrote), James Michener (much of what he wrote), The Fountainhead (Ayn Rand), Atlas Shrugged (Ayn Rand), The Human Comedy, 1984, A Confederacy of Dunces, The Fool (by Raffi), Brave New World, War of the Worlds.

Kids: 100 Pounds of Popcorn, the Great Brain (series), Alvin Fernald (series), the Three Investigators (series), The Mad Scientists Club, My Name is Aram, A Wrinkle in Time.

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