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Perhaps you’ve been thinking that 2019 is the year that you’ll finally do it: You’ll take control of your destiny and do what’s required so that you can work from home.
Of course, it’s not as if most people who work for someone else can just flick a switch and suddenly have the right to work from home. They have to negotiate with their employers, make their case, and act.
But, if you’ve been on the fence about doing it, one U.S. state might have just the impetus you need to make the jump: $ 10,000 for up to 1,000 people who can show that they work from home for an out-of-state company.
I wrote about this when the Vermont government first approved the program, but now it’s finally here: One of the requirements is that you have to move to Vermont after January 1, 2019, since the government didn’t want to pay people who were already going to live there and work from home anyway.
But that day is finally here today (assuming you’re reading this on the day it was published): New Year’s Day, 2019).
Beyond that, the restrictions seem pretty easy to comply with, assuming you truly and legitimately are working remotely from an out of state company. You have to:
- be a full-time employee of a business “with its domicile or primary place of business” outside Vermont
- perform “the majority of…employment duties remotely from a home office or a co-working space located in the state”
- demonstrate qualifying expenses
In theory, the payment is supposed to reimburse you for the cost of moving to the Green Mountain State (you’ll have to learn that nickname if you’re going to live there). And note that you can actually work from a co-working space, not only out of your house.
That last point seems like a good idea if you’re going to move to a new state; many of us meet people through work, but you’d otherwise literally be working alone and from home. It turns out there are at least 19 co-working spaces in Vermont, spread around a state of only 625,000 people.
That last number — the population of only 625,000 — mostly explains why the state is doing this to begin with.
That, combined with the fact that the population is aging, and that the tax base is dwindling. (There’s a similar program now for people who want to move to Tulsa, Oklahoma, by the way).
So what can you expect if you move to Vermont? In short: a relatively exercise-conscious, healthy living state with a high intelligence and a quaint New England standoffishness, apparently. Over the past year we’ve seen that it’s:
Oh, and it’s cold in the winter–but beautiful almost all year round.
If you’re thinking about it, I’d recommend visiting now or in February, so you’ll see if you’re really the kind of person who can thrive in that climate.
Then check out the fine print — including being aware of just how many people wind up qualifying — and get ready to apply.
A stunning force in cinema, actress María Félix was celebrated Sunday with her portrait on Google home pages around the world.
Sunday would have been the actress’s 104th birthday. She died in 2002 at the age of 87.
Artist Paulette Jo, who is based in Mexico, created the depiction of the actress featured on Sunday’s Google Doodle. The image shows Félix posing in a black jacket and gold jewelry, with the words “Google” etched around her.
The depiction of the actress also features her beauty mark and raised right eyebrow — a characteristic for which she was known, according to her IMDB page.
Félix starred in more than 47 movies and defied stereotypical roles for women in film. She became a star in the early 1950s and made films in Mexico, Spain, Argentina and France. Her first major role came after she moved to Mexico City and starred in 1942’s El Peñón de las Ánimas. Her career took off from there as she landed roles that emphasized her toughness and versatility.
Félix never learned English. In Hollywood, she never accepted a role as “directors offered her only stereotyped parts as a Latin spitfire,” wrote the New York Times in a 2002 obituary for the actress.
“Though her career started in Mexican cinema, Maria Félix’s impact on cinema, art, music, and fashion reverberates overseas, transcending barriers to establish her as extremely influential female voice in international cinema,” Google wrote in its description of her.
The Google Doodle depicting the actress is available Sunday for users in the United States, Mexico, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, Argentina, Peru, Colombia and a number of other countries.
Google often uses its search bar to honor legends, movements and holidays. Recently, the Google Doodle featured a depiction of the famed poet and memoirist Dr. Maya Angelou on April 4 — which would have been her 67th birthday. For that celebration, Google included the voices of Oprah, Laverne Cox, Alicia Keys and other prominent figures to honor Angelou.
Cooking eggs isn’t exactly rocket science, but I’d say the ability to make soft, medium, and hard boiled eggs, plus omelettes and poached eggs at the touch of a button is worth $ 16. The Dash Go is Amazon’s top-selling egg cooker, and carries a truly stellar 4.5 star review average from nearly 3,000 customers, so get…
For those who have been itching to stream the new season of TV from the comfort of your Gear VR, a Netflix VR app will be available today, with apps for Hulu and Vimeo as well as Twitch coming on soon.
Virtual reality company Oculus VR revealed new details about its product lineup and partnerships on Thursday morning, as the Facebook-owned company inched closer to the Q1 2016 release of its flagship device, the Oculus Rift VR headset.
A gigantic time capsule from 1965 is going to be opened this afternoon in Bay City, Michigan. And locals have been speculating about what could be inside. Will it be filled with old movie cameras and classic records? Priceless gems and bars of gold? Probably not.
Here are all the big announcements:
While Oculus is planning to release the amazing new Rift headset in Q1 2016, one of its biggest partners, Samsung, revealed it will release the consumer version of Gear VR in November for just $ 99. This will work with Samsung’s Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, S6 Edge+, and Note 5.
Oculus SDK 1.0 is coming in November
Both Rift and Gear VR will need a lot of VR content, and Oculus is planning to update its software-development kit to help studios do exactly that. One of the big things this SDK will come with is direct drivers — this will enable the headset to work without having to fiddle with setting up the Rift as an external monitor.
This is a 1980s-style arcade simulator that enables you to feel like you’re playing Pac-Man at a stand-up machine.
Trailer for Rift games
Twitch, Hulu, Netflix, and more to support Oculus Video
Developers are working on plenty of games for virtual reality, but Oculus is expecting all kinds of content to make the leap to its Rift and Gear VR systems. That includes video services like Netflix and Hulu — the latter of which revealed it is planning to build VR-native videos.
“Oculus Ready” PCs
You’re gonna need a beefy PC to use an Oculus Rift, but you won’t need to guess if certain systems will work. Oculus announced it will work with hardware manufacturers like Dell, Alienware, and Asus on a line of “Oculus Ready” rigs that cost less than $ 1,000.
Microsoft is planning to make the Windows 10 Edition of its block-building game Minecraft compatible with Xbox One.
Oculus is working on its equivalent of Xbox Live and the App Store
Facebook, the owner of Oculus VR, has said that it won’t try to make a lot of money on the Rift hardware. That means it’s going to make the real cash on the app and software side. And we saw a little bit of that today when the company revealed how its platform will handle social features, analytics, and distribution.
Oculus Touch trailer and release date
The incredible Oculus Touch controllers, which brings your hands into VR, aren’t coming out until Q2 of 2016. But here’s a trailer to show what they can do.
Oculus chief executive officer Brendan Iribe said that every new platform needs a paint app, and Medium is what his company is calling its take on 3D drawing.
Epic reveals new Oculus Touch demo Bullet Train
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