Inspired by a posting by a fellow surfer, I will try my best to reduce my plastic consumption this september (and hopefully stick to it for the rest of my life).
Here is the posting I am referring to:
I can relate to the experience that the awareness for how much we litter our earth has grown due to surfing. I have reduced my plastic consumption over the years already, but I still have lots of room for improvement.
I really had to think for a while what items packaged in plastic I am buying constantly, then I noticed that our beloved noodles come in plastic wrapping. I don‘t know why, because I guess that dry durum wheat noodles could easily be packaged without using plastic, but then again, I‘m not a food engineer, so what do I know, really? ;)
Another item that always is wrapped in plastic is chocolate. There is of course chocolate that is wrapped in aluminium foil, but that‘s probably not better.
My personal challenge for september will be to find an alternative for the noodles that come in a plastic bag, I am optimistic that this will be possible.
More of a mystery to me is my second challenge task – don‘t buy chocolate wrapped in plastic or aluminium. Will it work? I have no idea. But I want to educate myself, so I can make more conscious decisions in the future.
I will continue to buy less plastic, stick to fruits & veggies that are sold unwrapped (ideally locally, organically grown stuff directly at the market) and look for other alternatives to single use plastic.
If you have any recommendations for me, please feel free to post a comment or send me an e-mail!
A lot has happened in the world of Web/Mobile Accessibility in the last month:
– Microsoft and Deque Systems (makers of Axe, one of the best automated Accessibility Testingtools) got together and produced Accessibility Insights – a Testingtool, that guides you step by step through the testing process. There is both a version for website testing, as well as a version for testing Windows applications! https://accessibilityinsights.io/
On the 16th of March 2019, the first Girls Park Attack will take place. Organized by the GCD Crew (GCD meaning “Girls Can Do”) in cooperation with Blue Tomato, the day will focus on girls and women who want to get better at riding the snowpark or who even want to try it out for the first time. The GCD Crew is a group of women who have found together through their love for snowboarding. They will help others to grow their bag of tricks and to better their skills at park riding. Besides the costs for the lift ticket, the whole session is for free, so don’t miss this chance to get to know others and to up the ante!
“Die Freireiter”, Andreas Prielmaier and Thomas Mayer, met up with Sonnia Höffken, who is an avid yogini and freerider, in La Grave. The guys were skeptical at first, but after sharing some incredible runs with Sonnia (SkiYo – feel the flow! ®), they found the positive effects of yoga for skiers intriguing.
During the Nordstau days, we spent some lovely hours freeriding with friends, playing it safe in flat terrain.
Riding the t-bar at the Veitsch
Even our local resort in Lower Austria opened for two days!
Other than that, some things didn’t go as planned… The FWQ** Grossglockner had to be postponed due to grim weather, I got sick in the meantime… but now I’m healthy again & looking forward to the next shredventures.
First thing on the list is a trip to sweet Fuerteventura for some surfing with Mellowmove. Here’s a throwback to our last time on the island in 2016 ;)
“The Uninvited” is an all-girls snowboard movie by the very talented snowboarder Jess Kimura. Jess produced, directed and funded this video, showcasing the great skills of snowboarders that she believes are the future of snowboarding.
The riders are:
Maria Thomsen, Miyon Yamaguchi, Kennedi Deck, Taylor Elliott, Darrah Reid, Alexa McCarty, Ylfa Runars, Karin Onozaki, Ivika Jurgenson, Laura Munro, Melissa Riitano, Anniina Perhovaara, & Madison Blackley.
Last weekend, we finally made it to the mountains with Burli! We met up with our friends “Pacher’s on tour” (check them out on Instagram, Facebook and visit their website!) for some winter camping days. First, we visited the Gemeindealpe in Lower Austria (or, as us Lower Austrians call it, the “Gmoa Oim”) where we did some fun laps and enjoyed the view to the Ötscher, one of the most characteristic and highest mountains in Lower Austria.
The Ötscher is incredible!
After that, we continued our trip to the Planneralm, which is always a safe bet for a good amount of natural snow. We have visited this rather small resort a lot of times already, because we dig the fact that they only have natural snow on the slopes. Also, the feeling up there is very raw and rural – after all day skiing guests have left and the lights in the few houses up there are on, it feels like winter wonderland straight from some kitschy fairy tale. Besides of riding on the slopes, the resort also offers a freeride area and out of bounds lots of terrain for freeriding and touring is available.
We indulged in snowboarding in the resort, freeriding, a splitboard tour up the Karlspitze and also went ninepin bowling – my first time, so far, I have only played tenpin bowling. Ninepin bowling was much harder for some reason, haha. Then, the Pacher’s left in direction of Fetzy’s World for some ice bathing and running through fire (yes, the Pacher’s ARE a bit wild ;)), whereas Roman and I went for the softer version and visited the Grimming Therme for a decent after-ride-chill.
Roman hiking towards Karlspitze on his splitboard.
Looking back towards the Planneralm ski resort on our way to the Karlspitze.
WordPress 5.0, also called “Bebo”, has been released recently. I think there never has been an update before that had to deal with so much criticism. Many people were alarmed, because the release date on December 6th felt a little rushed, with only a few days of notice beforehand. Also, the new editor, Gutenberg, still has a lot of Accessibility issues, although the WordPress Accessibility team and the Gutenberg developer team worked hard to eliminate as many problems as possible.
From my personal view as a web developer, I would advise against updating to WordPress 5.0 too quickly. I would suggest waiting at least until version 5.0.1 is out. Usually, after a release of a major update there will be bugfixes coming up in a short amount of time and the bigger problems will be eliminated shortly after the initial major release. You don’t have to worry that your WordPress installation will update automatically to 5.0, since the auto-updates only work for minor releases (unless you have altered the configuration yourself).
WordPress 5.0 is not a security update, and the previous version 4.9.8 should continue to receive further security updates if needed, so there’s no big reason to update right away. If you’re using Wordfence, you will get alerts that your WordPress version is out of date, but in this case, it’s just an information – you can read their posting on this topic here. Also, many themes that use their own layout builders for the content of pages and posts, still have compatibility issues with the newest version of WordPress.
There is a plugin called “Classic Editor“, which will enable using themes that don’t yet support Gutenberg. It is planned to be supported until 2021.
There is no need for you to panic, and you don’t have to rush things. I would advise you to try out WordPress 5.0 and Gutenberg on a development install, where you can safely play around, test your site and get used to the new WordPress version.
I am sure that WordPress will continue to serve as an easy to use Content Management System and that 5.0 and upcoming versions will include great improvements.