The Rebel Within

The Rebel is an idea.

The Rebel is what’s emerging beneath the surface. It’s a being, a character you create to replace the old you, the one mired by layers of conditioning and untruth by the world and its media and technology and its ignorant people.

You slowly rebel against the world until you begin to uncover the REAL YOU beneath it all.

It’s the heart of what I made this site about.

 

Beneath it all…beneath all beliefs and systems of thinking that you subscribe to.

You read things on the net and they make sense. They seem to be true. But do not actually know and they provide comfort where you have none.

When you follow a system to think for you, then you have rules and righteous purpose. You have concepts and ideals, such as “saving the world” or changing it to your own vision of utopia, or being too honest, when honesty is not always a virtue. You become consumed with ego or “respect.”

 

These things are all only illusions, designed to distract you from trusting your own intuition and true self.

 

Beneath all the awkward, casual social interactions. Beneath the light, airy, surface world that everyone pretends is real.

Beneath it is the underworld.

It is a red river, a current of distaste.

You are not satisfied with the status quo. You are uncomfortable with your place in it. You want to push the limits.

 

But to be an effective rebel, you must have a REASON. It can’t just be for guts and glory.

Those things will never build your soul.

You’ve got to have a selfish reason to push yourself through the barriers of the System. Your goals, the things you really desire, those are enough at first. You take ahold of them and then you FIGHT.

 

But fighting wears you down after a while, and you run the risk of turning into the enemy.

Deep down, despite all you’ve been told, despite the hard knocks you’ve taken, you are something special.

There’s a power in the background, awaiting your total surrender. It calls to you. It tugs at you like a nightmare every damn day and every time you fail to do what you want to do. What you set out to do.

This thing is NOT the thing that you fight.

This thing is the Rebel.

The Rebel is your emerging soul.

 

Beneath it all, beneath this human shell, you have a heart of rebellion.

You rebel in order to find your soul, the origin of yourself. And then you hold onto that power and don’t let anybody take it from you. And you don’t let imposters like your old self take it either.

You are a rebel to the core.

How to instantly brew the perfect cup of coffee with the Keurig K10 Mini (Review)

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Waking up in the morning sucks.

I’ve resigned myself to the idea that getting up on time will never, ever be totally pleasant in today’s world due to the constant demands of modern life and the erratic sleep schedules that we have.

That said, once I’m out of bed I want to wake up as quickly as possible and be supercharged to get to work. And I’ve found a way to do that.

Once the initial hell of getting out of bed is done, there is one more challenge to surmount: making my coffee.

Now if making coffee was a long and tedious process, then I’d be less likely to get out of bed. But I’ve discovered a way to get me motivated to get in the morning despite the unpleasantness. I can get fired up and brew a perfect cup of coffee in less than 2 minutes, and you can too.

The best way to get up in the morning is by running to the kitchen and creating your wake-up cup of coffee by using the speedy and efficient Keurig K10 Mini Home Brewing System.

It sounds like a mouthful, but this state-of-the-art appliance is a what a modern coffee maker should be.

Coffee makers have grown up, and they are no longer those bulky, cheap appliances that take forever to brew and require you to deal with the uncertainty of coffee filters and improper balances of coffee grains.

With the K10, you know you have an instant and perfect cup of coffee.

I first saw these new appliances in banks, but now I own one. And you can have one too in your very own home without a luxury price tag.

How to brew a cup of coffee in less than two minutes with the Keurig K10

You can use any size cup or mug you want, as long as it will fit under the nozzle.

Just fill your cup or mug with water, and pour that water into the K10. You will get exactly that amount of coffee back.

Next, you insert the coffee pod in.

These are neat little inventions by Keurig that are a single-serving cup with the coffee and filter combined. Now, they are expensive, but you don’t have to use them. You can buy a permanent K-cup instead and save yourself huge money and use your own coffee.keurig-k10-home-brewing-system-review-02

Lastly, you push the Brew button and in less than 2 minutes your perfect cup of warm coffee is ready, and you can start waking up immediately.

Save yourself money on those expensive K-cups

Now Keurig made an excellent product, but like I said, it charges premium for its coffee cup filters. The good news though is that you don’t HAVE to pay those luxury prices for the coffee cups. Read on for a better solution.

Keurig’s gimmick is similar to how printer companies will sell you a modestly-priced printer, but then slam you with having to rebuy expensive printer ink cartridges. However, what those printer companies will never tell you is that you can actually buy your own cheap ink and re-fill the ink cartridge yourself.

We can do the same thing with the K10. You can cheat the system and by your very own permanent K-cup, and not only will you never have to pay for one again, but you can fill it with whatever kind of coffee YOU want.

That way, you get the best of both worlds. An instant cup of your personal favorite brand of coffee.

Now back when I first discovered the K10, I hastily invented my own K-cup by re-using one of the “official” plastic coffee cups. I ripped off the label, rinsed it out, inserted my own coffee, and then put plastic foil wrap over the top.

Putting foil on a refilled K-cup

Putting foil on a refilled K-cup

It mostly worked like a charm, and I was both shocked and pleased at my discovery. But there was one tiny problem:

Coffee grounds were leaking into my cup.

To solve this, I turned to the wonderful world of internet inventions and made the small investment in a permanent K-cup made specifically to use my own coffee, without having to pay so much for the ready-made coffee filter cups.

Now I’ve never been happier with the K10, since I solved this dilemma.

Any flaws?

There is just ONE thing I don’t like about the K10, and it’s so nitpicky I hate to even mention it.

But the unit does leak every once in a while…if you forget to dump out the drip tray.

Fortunately, I’m letting you know right now that all you have to do is slip out the bottom tray, dump it, and re-insert it every few days, and you will never again have a problem with leaks or drips from the K10. There are some customers out there who have erroneously complained about the K10 leaking, but they are mistaken. The K10 itself is not to blame. It’s their own fault for not emptying out the drip tray.

Don’t be one of those people. Just be smart, and the K10 could actually be a great investment for you.

You’ll never have to worry about leaving a giant pot of coffee lying around to go stale, and you can have a warm cup of your favorite coffee on demand.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been hurrying out the door, and brewed my coffee in the time it took to slip my coat and shoes on.

It really does make my life a lot easier, and it actually makes getting up in the morning more fun!

The best way to get it

Now you can go through the effort of searching for this device at retail stores, or you can go ahead and buy the K10 online at its certain intended price AND choose the exact color you want.

Second, you could always just buy regular K-cups, but who wants to spend $50 a month just on coffee?

Even if you rinse out and re-use the cups with tin foil, I will warn you that this can still cause a bit of coffee ground leakage into your coffee cup, AND the filter will wear out eventually.

A better way is to simply invest in an inexpensive, but permanent stainless steel K-cup like I did.  I bought the Ekobrew Stainless Steel Elite Cup, and it works great. It’s slightly more expensive than Keurig’s own permanent K-cups, but it solves the leakage problem those have and it will last you until the end of time. It costs about $15 for a lifetime, and if you order it with the K10 then you will get free shipping on Amazon. And you’ll never have to worry about buying coffee filters again.

Overall, then, you can have the entire K10 Mini home brewery system, minus the hassle of buying any cups or filters, all for about $85.

Then you can just fill it up with whatever coffee you want.

Conclusion

The K10 is a great value for the money and a great time-saver. I honestly have no desire to go back to traditional coffee makers. These Keurigs are the wave of the future.

It might sound silly, but in fact I feel a great surge of satisfaction waking up in the morning, knowing that I can so quickly brew a cup of coffee without much waiting or hassle. It greatly reduces the hesitation with getting out of bed, and there is something just so warm and sentimental about getting a perfect cup brewed just for yourself.

Go ahead and try it, and you’ll see what I mean.

You can order the Keurig K10 Mini Home Brewing System online right here.

And you can get the Ekobrew Stainless Steel Elite Cup here.

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We’re very close

Enjoy waking up again,

James Mast

The Rebel’s Badass Star Wars 7 Review

Human EMOTION.

Reckless, emotional lightsaber battles.

Character-driven, visually-based storytelling.

Total lack of exposition or narrative.

Star Wars 7 is the best thing since sliced bread. It SUUCKKED me in and kept me there, right up until the very last shot.

In this movie we focus in on character’s faces. We are shown comedic reveals (instead of a comedic character shoe-in like Jar Jar Binks). There is a heavy dose of nostalgia, but at the same time the movie incredibly manages the feat of drawing us in and making us care about family feuds that have been going on for years before we are introduced to them.

The characters in this movie…are HUMAN. They are HUMAN BEINGS and they have flaws and weaknesses, but they also care about each other.

There is so much in this movie to love, I can’t even begin to think of anything I hated.

We see another Death Star get blown up, and Kylo Ren’s actor is a bit of a disappointment. But you know what? That moment when he cries and kills Han Solo…that sold it for me.

This movie was so incredibly good I can’t even let myself critique it. Especially compared to the prequels. But you know what?

I honestly believe that Star Wars 7 could be even better than the first Star Wars!

The only thing I can think of to further criticize is the lack of a strong male role model. But as we see in this movie, each and every character, INCLUDING the villain are all undergoing a huge dynamic growth process.

We follow along each character’s arc and how they develop. It is fucking brilliant.

What’s perhaps even MORE brilliant is that the trailers even do this too. In the trailer we are introduced to the characters individually and their specific agendas.

Finally, I was impressed with the Force use in this movie. We see Kylo do some things that by all intents and purposes we should have seen a lot more of in the prequels, like him stopping the blaster bolt. However, even cooler was Ren getting hit by Chewie. None of that video-game shit where all Sith instantly repel your blaster bolts.

Nope, in this movie the villain has a weakness because he is not expecting the hit when it comes.

Alright, in my haze of good emotions there is one flaw that i arguably disliked, but it was easy to explain away: the rift between Rey and Ren just as she is about to…well…maybe kill him?

You could argue Ren’s will to live and Rey’s uncertainty created this divide, and in fact now that I mention it this is probably what the filmmaker was trying to suggest visually.

And that’s another great thing about Star Wars 7: not just human emotion, but storytelling through visuals and not exposition.

We see Coruscant hit by the laser blasts. We don’t even need that explained. We already know what planet that is (for those who have been paying any attention to Star Wars, that is).

We don’t need it explained that Rey is Leia’s duaghter, and therfore Kylo’s sister. In fact, I was waiting for them to tell us just to spell it out, and they didn’t. I am glad that they didn’t, for the record. IT was almost shocking of a blockbuster movie NOT to wreck this visual storytelling device.

And of course let’s not forget the stupid decision of sending off Rey, this little short who they don’t even know to find LUKE SKYWALKER. I mean Leia could have at least tagged along. They already lost ONE kid to the dark side, and now they’re sending this long-lost daughter to find him? Along with Chewie, who nobody even knows?

One thing I was also concerned with was Chewie’s characterization, although looking back they did try and that’s great.

The only thing I can’t explain is how R2-D2 knew to wake up.

I’ll have to see what other people have to say about that one. All the other coincidences in the movie, including the heroes being such great shots, can and even WAS explained by the Force. So i had a total suspension of disbelief almost the entire movie, right up until that point.

So I was a bit disappointed by the ending. But seeing Luke’s face up close and his obvious struggle, along with the tension-filled moment of uncertain motivations between the two characters of Luke and Rey, did inspire me with anticipation even though I knew the movie was going to end right then.

Am I madly driven by this cliff-hanger? No. I don’t really care all that much about Luke at this point, but I do find it interesting that she is trying to hold it out to him and he doesn’t seem to care.

JJ said “Who is Luke Skywalker?” and so of course the next movie will explain his further motivations. Will he attempt to seduce Rey to the dark side? Who is Snoke?

Will Kylo Ren be even more of a badass Sith?

Will we see Chewie take more of a lead role in the narrative?

Will somebody FUCKING EXPLAIN TO ME HOW THEY CAN TELL WHAT BB-8 AND CHEWIE ARE SAYING?

And for the love of god, another blown-up Death Star? Holy fuck, if it’s so easy, why do they even bother to build these things? Why was Captain Phasma such a sell-out?

At least this movie wasn’t feminist. Rey actually gives a shit about her black bud and there’s a POSSIBILITY of “romance” later, although I think Rey has the hots for Han Solo. But Phasma was put in her place by a black man and all the movie’s other leads are white.

I coudl actually feel and understand the conflict between Leia and Han. Expertly handled, no explanation necessary. Dialog and body language did all the work.

The heroes in this movie are all lucky sons of bitches, and Stormtroopers are still terrible shots.

I’m just not sure why Kylo Ren or Rey didn’t Force push each other or kick each other or kill each other a little better. Or why Kylo Ren didn’t make sure to finish Finn off. Or why he said nothing about Finn earlier.

But ultimately I feel this movie is better in EVERY SINGLE ASPECT than the prequels, and possibly even better than the original trilogy. Is that herecy? Sue me.

I LOVED THIS MOVIE.

Again, no strong male role model to relate to, and Kylo Ren is a bit hard to identify with when he kills Han, but hey. He is human too. And he is a FAR superior villain to Anakin. Or any other villain in the last 50 blockbusters this decade.

In fact Star Wars takes the cake as the #1 movie in a long, long time as far as I am concerned.

Hype and nostalgia be gone, this movie sucked me in and held me there and my eyes were glued to the screen with delight, laughter, and intrigue.

Fabulous work. Outdoes Star Trek in every respect.

I don’t give a fuck about JJ, he did great.

Just unbelievable, fantastic movie. Sold me on everything, except perhaps the CGI woman in the sweater. But she was interesting at least. Not cringe-inducing like Yoda, or even Jar Jar.

I’m so emotional in this review and I can’t even bring myself to the behest of logical or intellectual analysis. That will have to come for a time when I’m in a worse mood.

But. For now.

THIS MOVIE ROCKS!

As I said to my bud in the theater…

A++.

Well done, Disney.

Why it fucking works – A 30 Days of Discipline Review

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30 days of Discipline isn’t popular because it’s groundbreaking.

 

It’s popular because it actually fucking works.

There’s a difference between the slough of self-improvement books out there and an actual, practical method to achieving something that gets you results.

Meditation books like “Power of Now” aren’t helpful at all. The only way you’ll ever experience what Tolle is talking about is if you just get up off your ass and meditate every day–in which case the book might as well be useless to you.

Why?

Most “self-improvement” books are the equivalent of trying to give advice on how to shoot basketball.

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Beyond basic form, a few pages at most, maybe a couple pics and a video or two, there is NOTHING more you can gain from information on shooting baskets.

To get really good at shooting baskets, you can’t think your way there. You have to actually shoot tens of thousands of baskets.

Victor pride has a lot of motivational articles on his site but they’re all useless without the action. So naturally, 30 days of Discipline is the practical handbook for action that follows along with his motivational speaking. It’s brilliant strategy.

But I respect the book because nearly all of the habits are effectual habits that I was ALREADY using myself, at least in some form, before I got the book.

Taking cold showers, getting up early, no porn or jacking off, writing things down.

30 days has 12 habits but some of them are unexpected. Such as 2 meals a day and answering every question with a direct answer or a Yes or No. No bullshit, no excuses.

It’s a very direct manner and I’ve found its not always the most charming method of communication. I know diplomatic language and indirectness and talking a lot can be considered snake oil, but the reality is that they work.

Telling someone “do this” versus letting them come up with it on their own can work.

It all depends on the situation. 30 Days isn’t necessarily designed for you to keep all those habits.

What it does is FORCE you to do things every day that will forge discipline.

Answering a question with a “Yes” or “No” will be hard at times. Especially when there will be real consequences. It forces you to know what you want and make up your own damn mind, or just make a decision.

It also forces you to work-out and wake up in a highly effective way.

After a month I can easily imagine most people will experience huge changes. Most guys jack off every day and use porn. A month is not enough to see huge results from quitting but it will give you a glimpse. Waking up early and taking a cold shower and exercising? For fat people or unhealthy people this will transform them!

The only thing wrong with the book is that it needs one more habit.

The book talks about “goals with women” but it never includes any habits for that. Victor claims that 30 days all by itself will solve most people’s goals, but it will NOT solve your goals with women. There are simply no direct habits included for that.

Waking up, being healthy, getting in shape, and feeling great will make you more attractive to women, but it won’t just “bring in” the women. To do that you must go after the women.

I would add the 13th habit: talk to every attractive girl you see. Or at least say “Hi.” Vic already says this is one of his articles but it should be a habit in this book since he mentions it. It requires a lot of discipline and just speaking to women can have positive consequences in your favor. Just speaking to ANYBODY can sometimes bring unexpected results.

There’s no need for this habit if the book hadn’t brought it up on its own several times. Victor might have a low opinion of “picking up girls” but it’s an essential skill for men.

Yes, I recommend 30 Days of Discipline.

I make commission off of recommending it to you but it actually works. I can think of many different books and objects I should never have wasted money on, but this one will transform some people.

After the 30 days you can do what you want, but the point of the book is that it’s a mini-boot camp, just like the military. It forces you to do these “extreme” (only for the unenlightened) things.

Since actions change the way you think, and get things done, Victor’s book is ultimately more helpful than most out there on the market.

Everybody thinks that thinking changes your actions, but if you constantly think one way and do another eventually the conflict will rip you apart and you will have to pick one or the other. That’s how depression is caused.

30 Days gets you off your ass, no thinking required.

That’s really the key to any sort of change: stop thinking, start doing. You can improve things once you have started and you are well on your way.

But you have to start somewhere. And 30 Days is a great way to get you started.