Thomas Countz

  • @thomascountz
  • Senior Software Engineer, 8th Light
  • He/Him
  • NYC/CPH
I’m a maker. I love electronics, mechanics, computer programming, robotics, Space and storytelling. M...  
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Positions

Senior Software Engineer

  • 8th Light
  • Apr 2018 - Present

Ruby on Rails Developer

  • Rescuing Leftover Cuisine
  • Sep 2017 - Apr 2018
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Thomas's Collections

2021

Oct 14, 2021
Oct 14, 2021
Published a podcast episode

Into the Unknown Unknowns: Observability with Charity Majors


The speed of development and change in software engineering enables exponential growth and innovation. It can also give rise to ever-increasing complexity and the creation of systems that are as critical as they are fragile. As a result, in the real world of legacy tooling within complex distributed systems, it's simply not possible to monitor for every possible failure. An alternative approach that has been gaining attention is the goal of achieving observability.

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Sep 24, 2021
Sep 24, 2021
Published a podcast episode

Know Your History: Ethical Source with Coraline Ehmke


Coraline is our guest this week on Collaborative Craft. She shared what it was like in the early days of the Internet and how the smoking lounge was the great equalizer. Coraline also discussed the evolution of open-source communities and why it is important for her to talk publicly about her personal journey. Coraline has been an inspiration for many of us at 8th Light, and we hope you can be inspired from our conversation as well.

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Sep 02, 2021
Sep 02, 2021
Published a podcast episode

It's a Process: More than Machine Learning with Hana Lee


Machine learning is only as good as the humans who create the program. Even machines have biases. Hana Lee is a Principal Software Crafter at 8th Light, where she's currently leading data engineering work with a global reinsurance client to take prototype machine learning models that predict insurance risk and turn them into production-ready, scalable services.

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Aug 31, 2021
Aug 31, 2021
Published a blog post

Sargable Queries & MUL Indexes; or Why My Query is Slow


You're on Ops. Debugging Error-s in Invoicing Rails app, as usual. They're stored in MySQL, and accessed through ActiveRecord and some helper methods. They've already been updated with a status_message, so now it's time to dig in and investigate...
Senior Software Engineer, 8th Light
Aug 22, 2021
Aug 22, 2021
Published a gist on GitHub

Hand gestures prediction based on z-axis accelerometer data from low-cost DAQ hardware 


Using an Arduino and MPU-6050, I was able to build a multilayer perceptron model to classifying two gestures (circle and square) using only the Z-axis readings.
Aug 19, 2021
Aug 19, 2021
Published a podcast episode

Stealing Fire: Ambitious Side Projects with Kofi Gumbs 


In our latest episode of Collaborative Craft, we talked to Kofi about making design playful. He shared insights on why programmers need to develop the confidence not to reinvent the wheel, the role of ambitious design, and how to approach the process of design in a way that is motivating to you.

https://player.captivate.fm/episode/32f96680-0801-4d3a-a6f9-225586cadf7c
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