'North of Nightfall' is a first for mountain biking, and for filmmaking

Feature article, Digital Trends

“The film is about the location as much as the athletes, wrapping in the geological and human history of Axel Heiberg in a series of beautifully drawn, monochromatic animations that serve as chapter lead-ins. It’s part of a new wave of action sport cinema that includes movies like Travis Rice’s The Fourth Phase, films that search for a deeper meaning beyond the spectacle of athletics, weaving in a coherent story with a presentation that rivals the best of Hollywood, the BBC, or National Geographic…”

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Moment Travelwear Backpack review: Maximum minimalism

Product review, Davnmaths.com

“’It doesn’t look like anything to me.’ That’s what Westworld‘s A.I. hosts will say when presented with something they are programmed to ignore. It’s also my first thought when I unbox the Moment Travelwear Backpack, which launched today on Kickstarter. It looks completely forgettable…”

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Canon EOS R5 review: No more holding back

Product review, Digital Trends

But the EOS R5’s exclusivity isn’t a problem. This is a high-end camera with a high price to match, and while it’s easy to argue that it squarely targets only professional customers, I don’t believe that’s the full story. This is a branding camera; it’s aspirational. It may not care about the enthusiast or amateur in terms of direct sales, but it still serves to answer the question that such customers often ask: Who makes the best mirrorless camera? For the first time, ‘Canon’ is an acceptable answer….”

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I deleted Instagram for a weekend. A week later, I might quit for good

Feature article, Davnmaths.com

I’ve often said that I love the ‘media’ component of social media, but hate the ‘social’ component. It was partly a tongue-in-cheek call for the return to a traditional publisher/audience model, but also an admission that I don’t much particularly like interacting with people beyond a core group of friends. Too often with social media, the tools meant to foster community seem to only deepen divides (the term “echo chamber” has grown so ubiquitous it’s almost a cliché)…”

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Think Travis Rice's snowboarding is insane? Try filming it

Feature article, Digital Trends

“The cycle represented in that transition – from fire to snow, land to air, and back again – is indicative of the deeper theme of the movie. The Fourth Phase is nearly as much a story about life on our planet, specifically the hydrological cycle, as it is about snowboarding itself. Some of the film’s most memorable moments come from sequences in which no snowboarding happens at all…”

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My grandfather was Black. I still had to be taught how not to be racist

Personal essay, Davnmaths.com

“As a prospective college student, I attended an on-campus competitive scholarship of which one component was a group problem-solving exercise. We — a handful of white people, if memory servers me — were tasked with determining the efficacy of affirmative action in college admissions. It went about as well as you’re thinking it did, which is to say, yikes…”

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