Thank you for visiting my little plot of e-land on the World Wide Web. I use this space out here to bloviate on issues–politics, finance, economics, theology, and engineering–that interest me. You can comment by either e-mailing me at larijani dot amir at gmail dot com, or leaving a comment on the blog.
About me…My name is Amir Larijani. I’m an American of Kurdish-Iranian descent. While Islam is the religion of my national heritage, I am a Christian.
As for my national loyalty, I was born in the United States, and I bleed red, white, and blue. For all her faults, the United States is the greatest country in the world.
For a living, I am a software engineer working on a substantial project that requires a security clearance. I could tell you what I do, but then I’d have to kill you.
When I began my studies in 1985, there was a shortage of aerospace engineers, as we were at the height of the Cold War. So I majored in aeronautical engineering and loved it.
When I graduated in 1990, the Cold War was over, the Berlin Wall was down, Bush was President, we were a kinder, gentler nation, and aerospace jobs were getting cut. So I took a job with Ross Perot’s former company as an Engineering Systems Engineer for 3 years, got laid off, then spent a year at Southern Baptist Theological Cemetary–enjoying the heck out of that–before running out of money, then going into computer applications development, then specializing in client/server applications, then Internet applications. I did that from 1994-2000.
In mid-2000, I took a position as an application developer and advanced to become a full-stack developer–front-end and back-end–specializing in C#.NET, MVC, and SQL Server database design, including data warehouse design.
My baccalaureate degree is in aeronautical engineering, and I have an MBA (with concentration in finance) from a university in eastern Kentucky. The latter degree is barely worth the paper it’s written on. The former degree is useful for a reply when some wise ass asks me, “What are you, a rocket scientist?”
In my spare time, I enjoy endurance sports (100+ mile bike rides, marathons, and triathlons), harassing my wife (MrsLarijani), playing with my baby girl, the animals–a dog, a cat, and 2 rabbits–and reading and writing.
Politically, I’m pro-life, pro-gun, and pro-capitalism.
Theologically, I am conservative but do not identify as either Calvinist or Arminian.