Brady Hurlburt


I’m setting a goal for this year to become brave enough to open leetcode.com in my web browser.


What stage of quarantine is looping Jack’s Mannequin and Flyleaf?


Building Successful Online Communities book cover

Building Successful Online Communities: Evidence-Based Social Design by Paul Resnick, Robert E. Kraut, and Sara Kiesler

A comprehensive book applying basic economic and psychological principals to community design. I learned there are two types of affective commitment people can have to a group – identity-based and bond-based – and that turning knobs on your site that encourage one may hurt the other.


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Divided by Faith: Evangelical Religion and the Problem of Race in America by Christian Smith and Michael O. Emerson

White Evangelicals’ tendency to individualize issues and dismiss systemic explanations is not happenstance; rather, it follows naturally and inevitably from their (our? my?) defining religious beliefs. When the only thing that matters is a personal saving relationship with Jesus, it’s difficult to view anything outside of the lens of accountable freewill individualism.

This book reshaped my understanding of the history of Protestantism in the United States, and has challenged me to explore what Protestantism outside of Evangelicalism looks like and how it might enable or encourage different kinds thinking about race issues.


Carl Hendrick in Aeon on our apparent failure to form growth mindset theory into an effective intervention:

In their book Effective Teaching (2011), the UK education scholars Daniel Muijs and David Reynolds note: ‘At the end of the day, the research reviewed has shown that the effect of achievement on self-concept is stronger that the effect of self-concept on achievement.’

Many interventions in education have the causal arrow pointed the wrong way round. Motivational posters and talks are often a waste of time, and might well give students a deluded notion of what success actually means. Teaching students concrete skills such as how to write an effective introduction to an essay through close instruction, specific feedback, worked examples and careful scaffolding, and then praising their effort in getting there, is probably a far more effective way of improving confidence than giving an assembly about how unique they are, or indeed how capable they are of changing their own brains. The best way to achieve a growth mindset might just be not to mention the growth mindset at all.