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Jaap van der Velde
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Now why would anyone want to do this...?

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Yesterday basically this, in the +QPAC Concert Hall - pretty good vibes. +Explosions in the Sky is riding the fine line between morose and schwifty af. Because that's the kind of wankers we are - nod to https://forevr.bandcamp.com/ for solid support.

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The abundance of life just off the coast of Brisbane, behind Stradbroke Island, is amazing (Manta Bommie - https://goo.gl/maps/oNk37qzrGU62). Thanks to +Agathe Colmant for the great footage and editing!

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The nice thing about being tall is you always have a good view at concerts...
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Frequently, while driving around on serpentine roads in the Australian countryside, I will sigh "I wish I'd brought my motorcycle" - much to the annoyance of my lovely wife. Today was not one of those days :)

#boxingday #pastoral
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We live in times where re-reading Mein Kampf may actually help you understand why Adolf Hitler was able to do what he did. (and why it makes sense that Donald Trump's wife claimed he had a copy of Hitler's "My New Order" on his nightstand)

Hitler shared this insight, when outlining the requirements of the movement that he envisioned would make Germany great again, in Mein Kampf (http://gutenberg.net.au/ebooks02/0200601.txt):

"The broad masses of a nation are not made up of professors and diplomats. Since these masses have only a poor acquaintance with abstract ideas, their reactions lie more in the domain of the feelings, where the roots of their positive as well as their negative attitudes are implanted. They are susceptible only to a manifestation of strength which comes definitely either from the positive or negative side, but they are never susceptible to any half-hearted attitude that wavers between one pole and the other. The emotional grounds of their attitude furnish the reason for their extraordinary stability. It is always more difficult to fight successfully against Faith than against knowledge. Love is less subject to change than respect. Hatred is more lasting than mere aversion. And the driving force which has brought about the most tremendous revolutions on this earth has never been a body of scientific teaching which has gained power over the masses, but always a devotion which has inspired them, and often a kind of hysteria which has urged them to action.

Whoever wishes to win over the masses must know the key that will open the door to their hearts. It is not objectivity, which is a feckless attitude, but a determined will, backed up by force, when necessary."

Now, more than ever, I wish he is wrong - but this is a hope in the face of evidence to the contrary.

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Quickly running out of stuff to get certified for - Reef Health Surveyor Diver (and Reef Check Australia Surveyor). Yay! :)
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ooweeooweeooweeooweeeoooo! #prodigy

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A morality tale about perseverance shows that humanity can be at its best, when it's behaving irrationally.
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