Is the Digital Nomad Lifestyle Really for You?

If you’re unfamiliar with the term, a digital nomad is someone who runs a business online and is free to travel the world. Tim Ferriss of “The Four Hour Workweek” fame often gets credit for suggesting this as a lifestyle in and of itself. You don’t have to travel the world. There are people in the United States living and working as digital nomads as they travel the country in an RV and others who utilize the freedom to visit conventions and travel to events constantly, unconstrained by the commitments of a conventional job. Is the digital nomad lifestyle really for you?

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Characters on Two Wheels: Understanding the Many Kinds of Motorcycle Riders

You might think that motorcycle riders and enthusiasts are a similar breed and share a lot of the same personality traits, but while they all share a passion for two-wheeled speed, the riders can be as different as the bikes they ride.

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Movie Review: “Free Fire”

Starring
Brie Larson, Armie Hammer, Sharlto Copley, Cillian Murphy, Sam Riley, Jack Reynor, Michael Smiley, Noah Taylor
Director
Ben Wheatley

“Free Fire” is the idea that hits someone 12 hours deep into a Quentin Tarantino/Guy Ritchie movie marathon. “You know what would be cool? It’s like paintball, but with real guns.” And to be fair, that is an interesting framing device, but when everything that follows has been done several times before, the device loses its charm rather quickly. This would explain why the film felt like the longest 85-minute film ever made. It’s interesting, but maddening, thanks in large part to a threadbare story structure, underwritten dialogue and next to no character development.

The story is set in Boston in the late ‘70s, where Ord (Armie Hammer) is serving as an intermediary in a weapons deal between career criminal Frank (Michael Smiley) and gun runner Vernon (Sharlto Copley) in an abandoned warehouse. The guns that Vernon brings to the deal are not the ones that Frank’s main man Chris (Cillian Murphy) requested, making a tense negotiation worse, but the deal blows up when Vernon’s driver Harry (Jack Reynor) shoots Frank’s junkie son-in-law Stevo (Sam Riley) in retaliation for something that happened the night before. Everyone runs for cover and the battle lines drawn, but they’re all trapped in the warehouse with no easy way out. To further complicate matters, two snipers begin shooting at both parties from the rafters, at which point everyone realizes that they’ve been double crossed by someone on the main floor.

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eSports: The mighty rise of skill-based games!

You may have vaguely heard about electronic sports (eSports) on the internet or seen a section offering eSports odds at an online casino you play at that has a sportsbook. Or you may be a member of the millennial generation that grew up with eSports and knows all there is to know about it. Either way, there are numerous industries now scrambling to get their hands on a piece of this lucrative target market.

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Blu Tuesday: Split and More

Every Tuesday, I review the newest Blu-ray releases and let you know whether they’re worth buying, renting or skipping, along with a breakdown of the included extras. If you see something you like, click on the cover art to purchase the Blu-ray from Amazon, and be sure to share each week’s column on social media with your friends.

“Split”

Contrary to what some people have suggested, M. Night Shyamalan’s latest film isn’t much of a comeback at all. Instead, it’s yet another case of the premise being better than the final product. A psychological thriller that’s largely devoid of actual thrills, “Split” owes much of its success to James McAvoy, who gets a chance to flex his acting muscles as a man with 23 distinct personalities. Though we only see a handful of them in action, each one is so unique (from their voices to their mannerisms) that it’s amazing to watch as McAvoy jumps back and forth between them, sometimes in the same scene. Unfortunately, Shyamalan’s inability to get out of his own way prevents “Split” from fulfilling its full potential, despite a killer last-minute twist that will excite fans of his early work.

Extras include a making-of featurette, profiles on actor James McAvoy and writer/director M. Night Shyamalan, an alternate ending and deleted scenes. FINAL VERDICT: RENT

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