Friday morning coffee reads

For your Friday enjoyment, here is a roundup of interesting reads from the week.

  1. Lessons from a slow-motion robot takeover: Cotton harvesting is now dominated by machines.
  2. How Facebook is killing comedy.
  3. The autonomous selfie drone is here. Is society ready for it?
  4. Our infrastructure is not ‘crumbling.’
  5. The best things found between the pages of old books.
  6. The weird true story of the rise and fall of the waterbed.

How to find your Shopify Payments 1099-K

If you use Shopify Payments, you may wonder where to find the 1099-K you need for your business taxes. Shopify does not make it easy to find, but with the help of Shopify’s chat support I was able to navigate to the form. I’ve outlined the steps below to find your Shopify 1099-K.

  1. Log into your dashboard and click on “Settings” at the bottom left of the screen.
  2. Click on “Payment Providers.”
  3. Click on “View Payouts” under Shopify Payments.
  4. Click on “Documents.”
  5. Download the PDF of your 1099-K.

There you go and now you can get back to work on your taxes.

Friday afternoon coffee reads

Here is a roundup of the best reads from the week. These may not be new to the internet or you, but they were of fresh interest to me.

  1. Rent control needs retirement, not a comeback.
  2. Quincy Jones on Michael Jackson, his relationship with the Trumps, and the problem with modern pop.
  3. The life of Otha Porter Martin, a young miner photographed by Lewis Wickes Hine. There is a great hi-definition image of young Martin on Shorpy.
  4. The real Burning Man: Driving converted delivery trucks, Roadtreks, vintage RVs, “skoolies” and the odd Prius, a few thousand gather in defiance of consumerist society.
  5. From 2012: The period for making B.F.F.’s, the way you did in your teens or early 20s, is pretty much over.

A hike to the Walls of Jericho

On Sept. 2, 2017, I hiked the Walls of Jericho from the Alabama trial head in Jackson County, Alabama, with my brother in law and my dog. The hike is a strenuous 6 miles round trip and leads to the headwaters of the Paint Rock River. At the end of the hike is a large natural stone amphitheater which usually has at least a small flow of water running through it, feeding a series of waterfalls.

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Daily Miscellany: Is ‘buying local’ even possible?

  1. Is “buying local” even possible? “Imagine my surprise when I encountered a sign promoting a “local” food product in the bakery aisle of our town’s Safeway.”
  2. X-Ray views of the New York City subway system.
  3. Lies our tech overlords told us: A list of the bold promises on which we’re still waiting for Silicon Valley to deliver.
  4. What one reporter learned by working as a butler at the Plaza Hotel.

An assortment of links for Sunday

Zume pizza
  1. Zume pizzas are made by robots, and they’re cooked in ovens inside delivery trucks on their way to delivery.
  2. While dental X-rays account for less than 3 percent of all the radiation that Americans get through medical imaging, every effort should be made to minimize their use.
  3. Let’s clear up some of the most common myths and misunderstandings about sulfites, wine, and headaches.
  4. There are two reasons why almost all digital B&W is like drinking rotten pond scum.

An assortment of links

Ruby Nell Shepard in Dorothea Lange photograph.
  1. Nancy Pate reviews six summer thrillers.
  2. Joe Manning tracks down the identity of the woman in an historic Dorothea Lange photo which is also a Shorpy favorite.
  3. Why the highball is the ideal whisky cocktail. At least during the summer.
  4. Tyler Cowen wonders if Dali, Yunnan is the very best place in the world to visit right now.
  5. Photographers chosen to participate in Feature Shoot’s print swap will each give and receive a print.

Featured image: Ruby Nell Shepard in photograph by Dorothea Lange.

GE wall-mounted refrigerator history

GE wall-mounted refrigerator
This photo on Flickr shows a working unit in a kitchen in Excelsior Springs, MO.

I was talking with my mother-in-law in 2012, getting her to reminisce about some of her past homes when she mentioned a house in St. Louis in the late 1950s that had a hanging refrigerator. Stop, back up, “let’s talk some more about this refrigerator, Mom.” Yes, she says, it was as neat as it sounds but it had a worrisome habit of not working all of the time. This came with the added complication of having to be removed from the wall to be repaired. We’ll file this under the category of good in concept, bad in execution. She was most likely describing the GE wall-mounted refrigerator.

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