Howdy. My name is Oliver Baty, and I am a web developer based in Oak Park, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago.
I’m currently employed as a Systems Analyst at a Chicago loop law firm, where I’m part of the desktop engineering team. My résumé has a more complete work history.
Ardamis.com was started in early 2005 as a sandbox for experimenting with different programming languages. Since then, it has been a portfolio, a business card, a SEO testing ground, and most recently, a blog about technology (my 9-5 in in IT) and web development (moonlighting/freelance).
If you’ve arrived here looking for a tiny web development studio specializing in high-quality, handmade web sites, you’re very close. I’ve created Aleph Studios to handle the business side of things while leaving Ardamis as an outlet for thoughts of a less focused nature.
In case you were wondering… the name Ardamis comes from a misheard song lyric on the 1984 Planet P Project album “Pink World.” It’s a double-album, 26-song, progressive rock opera about a boy with psychic powers who eventually saves (some of) the planet from nuclear annihilation. Today, it’s mostly unlistenable, even for someone who appreciates concept albums, but I was 10 in 1984, and it sounded pretty good.