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با وجدان (Ba Vojdaan) is Persian for "conscious".

Welcome to our little show. We endeavor to live a conscious life in an increasingly zonked-out world. Our mission is to share our unique insights and life experiences to show that there are ways of living a righteous life other than those presented to us by the Gatekeepers of Polite Society.

About your hosts:
James and Sana met in March 2019 after James, at the time a resident of Virginia Beach, VA, left his email address on a scrap of paper in the beak of a courier pigeon, which somehow ended up as a stowaway on a cargo ship headed for China. The note w/ James' email address got caught up in a windstorm at the port in Qingdao and landed precipitously on the (non-American) football field at British University of Vietnam, where Sana was leading a group of amateur tai chi enthusiasts during their morning routine prior to beginning the day's courses. Mistaking the email address for that of her local supplier of matcha green tea, Sana emailed immediately to refill her supply. James playfully went along with the dialogue for several emails, until finally revealing he indeed had no green tea to sell, but would be willing to share his undying devotion and commitment until the end of time and beyond.

Ba Vojdaan‪!‬ James and Sana Newcomb

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با وجدان (Ba Vojdaan) is Persian for "conscious".

Welcome to our little show. We endeavor to live a conscious life in an increasingly zonked-out world. Our mission is to share our unique insights and life experiences to show that there are ways of living a righteous life other than those presented to us by the Gatekeepers of Polite Society.

About your hosts:
James and Sana met in March 2019 after James, at the time a resident of Virginia Beach, VA, left his email address on a scrap of paper in the beak of a courier pigeon, which somehow ended up as a stowaway on a cargo ship headed for China. The note w/ James' email address got caught up in a windstorm at the port in Qingdao and landed precipitously on the (non-American) football field at British University of Vietnam, where Sana was leading a group of amateur tai chi enthusiasts during their morning routine prior to beginning the day's courses. Mistaking the email address for that of her local supplier of matcha green tea, Sana emailed immediately to refill her supply. James playfully went along with the dialogue for several emails, until finally revealing he indeed had no green tea to sell, but would be willing to share his undying devotion and commitment until the end of time and beyond.

    "The Fool's Field Guide to Bitcoin" with Cryptocurrency (recovering) Trader, Advocate and Educator Wesley Schlemmer.

    "The Fool's Field Guide to Bitcoin" with Cryptocurrency (recovering) Trader, Advocate and Educator Wesley Schlemmer.

    I first heard of Bitcoin around the time it was first gaining steam, circa 2010ish. I guess due to certain circles where I spent my time and education, it was only natural that it would come up in conversation. While it remained mysterious, I was brave enough to invest a bit of my own USD into Bitcoin in the 2013 timeframe, and have kept up with it somewhat through the years.
    What attracted me to the Bitcoin "craze" at that time was how people who's opinion I respect explained that it's not an investment opportunity - as most folks think of it today - but it actually mimics the most sound of forms of money in many ways.
    Now with the recent revelations of the FTX scandal, Bitcoin is in the news more than ever. And while it's for all the wrong reasons, I wanted to bring on to the show someone who is informed on the right reasons to "invest" in Bitcoin. I use the quotes around the word invest because it's not a typical investment where you put a certain amount of government-issued currency then gain a return on it after a period of time. It's actually much more complex (or simple?) than that. Bitcoin is a means of exchange to pay for stuff that circumvents governments entirely.
    Wesley Schlemmer of the Bitcoin Bay joins us on today's episode to explain the basics of Bitcoin, the Blockchain, the basics of sound money and more. While the fallout from the FTX misdeeds will be felt for some time, the upside is that Bitcoin is on people's minds, and we have an opportunity to learn about it, and learn how to do it the way the creators of Bitcoin intended it to be used in the first place!
    In this episode, you'll discover:
    -Wesley's personal background and becoming familiar with crypto...01:15
    -Cypher Punks and a short history of Bitcoin (Hint: It's not an investment opportunity!)...03:45
    -What is the Blockchain, and what is its relation to cryptocurrency?...14:15
    -What is sound money, and what makes Bitcoin a sound form of exchange?...19:20
    Three primary characteristics
    Medium of exchangeStore of valueUnit of account
    Qualities of sound money
    DurableFuingle DivisiblePortable Scarce
    -How Bitcoin promotes self-responsibility..27:00
    -What the heck happened with FTX, and what can we learn from it?...31:00
    -How to get into the Bitcoin game, and the proper reasons for doing so...37:38
    Resources mentioned:
    Bitcoin Bay website
    Cypherpunk Manifesto
    Info about blockchain wallets Wesley mentions
    The Bitcoin Standard
    Muun Bitcoin Wallets
    Bisq
    Terms mentioned:
    Blockchain
    Litecoin
    Ethereum
    Block Chimes
    Cypher Punks
    Panopticon
    Difficulty of Adjustment
    Privacy v. Secrecy
    Hal Finney
    Blocksize Wars
    BTC Token v. Network
    Unit of Account
    SAT's (not a pre-college test)
    Stock to Flow Ratio
    Seed Phrase
    What do you CRAVE? Sana and James have put a lot of thought into this, and the core values we wish to share with the world, be it in business, family, or otherwise. We boiled it down to these 5 elements we all...

    • 48 min
    James Shares a Few of His Ideas on Liberty, the Military, Podcasting and Much More!

    James Shares a Few of His Ideas on Liberty, the Military, Podcasting and Much More!

    James here:
    "I recently joined an accountability/mastermind type group that's hosted within the "School of Life" which was founded by my friend and in many ways mentor, Tom Woods.
    In the group where we have meetings I got acquainted with a fellow podcaster named Brian O'Leary. Brian took it upon himself to interview 100 members of Tom's School of Life, and so he reached out to me to see if I'd be game for an interview.
    Of course I am, I replied, and so we set up a time and got it done. I thought I would share our conversation on this podcast feed as it gives you dear listeners a chance to get to know your humble host a little bit deeper, and also learn a bit about my own philosophy when it comes to podcasting, publishing, building a personal brand and more!"
    In this episode with "guest" interviewer Brian O'Leary, you'll discover:
    -Be serious, but don't take yourself too seriously...03:12
    -James' journey to the Tom Woods camp...04:30
    -Spontaneous sparks lighting the fires of freedom...07:00
    -James' journey into the realm of digital publishing...09:15
    -Why SEO is a waste of time...11:00
    -How James got into podcasting in 2015...14:30
    -James' experience leaving the military as a conscientious objector...16:00
    -Describing the Ba Vojdaan podcast...19:45
    -How podcasters make money with podcasting...21:30
    -The future of the Ba Vojdaan podcast...26:30
    -Opinions of others are the downfall of a personality-based brand...28:30
    -Monetize your haters? or just let them have a bad day...32:15
    -How James has made his living in the podcasting field...35:45
    -YOU are the product...40:40
    Resources mentioned:
    The O'Leary Review
    Ben Greenfield Life
    General MacArthur's Farewell Address at West Point
    Podcast Artistry™
    Trumpet Dynamics
    JNS Media
    Ba Vojdaan Podcast
    Podcasting is arguably the most powerful media available today for getting your message out there. It's accessible, it's relatively inexpensive, and perhaps most important, you don't need to fret about getting "cancelled" because you express an opinion not approved by Big Tech.
    It's also overwhelming for the uninitiated at the very thought of doing it. Because let's face it; it is a lot of work if you want to do it right. And if you're not a business with a huge marketing budget, you probably don't have the funds needed to hire a professional producer (like your humble host) to do the lion's share of the work for you.
    This is why I've created the Podcasting 0-60 program. I will show you the tips, tricks and hacks I've learned over 8 years in the business (and making my living producing podcasts) and will guide you through every aspect of the creation process so that you're up and running WITH YOUR VERY OWN PODCAST in 60 days or less!
    It's not as difficult as you might think with the right training and coaching, and you won't break the bank getting started.
    To learn more about how starting a podcast can improve your visibility and IMPACT in your market, visit a href="https://www.jns.media/podcasting-0-60/" rel="noopener noreferrer"...

    • 42 min
    Is Squanto a Modern Day Joseph?

    Is Squanto a Modern Day Joseph?

    Happy Thanksgiving!
    Today we're sharing the story of Squanto, a Native American who with Providential intervention played a crucial role in the survival of the earliest Europeans settling in what is now known as the United States of America.
    It's written by the great Eric Metaxas (a dream guest for our podcast, so stay tuned), and I'm sharing the link to his article if you want to bookmark it for future reference.
    Here's Eric's article.
    Podcasting is arguably the most powerful media available today for getting your message out there. It's accessible, it's relatively inexpensive, and perhaps most important, you don't need to fret about getting "cancelled" because you express an opinion not approved by Big Tech.
    It's also overwhelming for the uninitiated at the very thought of doing it. Because let's face it; it is a lot of work if you want to do it right. And if you're not a business with a huge marketing budget, you probably don't have the funds needed to hire a professional producer (like your humble host) to do the lion's share of the work for you.
    This is why I've created the Podcasting 0-60 program. I will show you the tips, tricks and hacks I've learned over 8 years in the business (and making my living producing podcasts) and will guide you through every aspect of the creation process so that you're up and running WITH YOUR VERY OWN PODCAST in 60 days or less!
    It's not as difficult as you might think with the right training and coaching, and you won't break the bank getting started.
    To learn more about how starting a podcast can improve your visibility and IMPACT in your market, visit podcasting0-60.com!

    • 19 min
    The Cardinal Sin of Podcasting

    The Cardinal Sin of Podcasting

    Podcasting is arguably the most powerful media available today for getting your message out there. It's accessible, it's relatively inexpensive, and perhaps most important, you don't need to fret about getting "cancelled" because you express an opinion not approved by Big Tech.
    It's also overwhelming for the uninitiated at the very thought of doing it. Because let's face it; it is a lot of work if you want to do it right. And if you're not a business with a huge marketing budget, you probably don't have the funds needed to hire a professional producer (like your humble host) to do the lion's share of the work for you.
    This is why I've created the Podcasting 0-60 program. I will show you the tips, tricks and hacks I've learned over 8 years in the business (and making my living producing podcasts) and will guide you through every aspect of the creation process so that you're up and running WITH YOUR VERY OWN PODCAST in 60 days or less!
    It's not as difficult as you might think with the right training and coaching, and you won't break the bank getting started.
    To learn more about how starting a podcast can improve your visibility and IMPACT in your market, visit podcasting0-60.com!

    • 15 min
    REVEALED: The Larger Than Life, Unexaggerated, 100% Factually Accurate Account of How James and Sana REALLY Met.

    REVEALED: The Larger Than Life, Unexaggerated, 100% Factually Accurate Account of How James and Sana REALLY Met.

    We only tell people we met "online" for the sake of expedience. I mean, after our mutual friend introduced us, we met via email, then FaceTime, so technically we met online, but it's time we tell the world the TRUE story of how James and Sana met.
    It really is an unbelievable story.
    What do you CRAVE? Sana and James have put a lot of thought into this, and the core values we wish to share with the world, be it in business, family, or otherwise. We boiled it down to these 5 elements we all CRAVE:
    CommunityRespectAdventureVojdaanEnergy
    In this audio series, James and Sana share their thoughts on each of the 5 core values, and what they mean to you as a listener, a friend, or perhaps someone with whom we do business.
    Click this link to listen to the audio series.

    • 17 min
    [Gone Newclear] What 5 Year Old Gabriel Taught Me About Tenacity.

    [Gone Newclear] What 5 Year Old Gabriel Taught Me About Tenacity.

    August 2019, I drove my son Gabriel to visit my brother and his family in Kentucky. Dave has two sons, and they both get along really well with Gabriel.
    KY is a 12-13 hour drive from my home in Virginia Beach, so even getting an early start it's a long, tiring day of driving. We ended up getting a later start than planned because of Gabriel's asthma acting up, which meant some treatments with the nebulizer, a quick doctor's visit, etc. But get going we did at about 1 pm.
    I figured with such a late start I would drive 8 hours or so, then get an airbnb somewhere in West Virginia, then do the final 4 hours or so of driving to my brother's house. Since I'd been up since 5 am, it seemed like a sound plan.
    So we made it to one of the towns in western West Virginia (kind of a mouthful, I know) where I had booked an Airbnb. We checked in, then went to Waffle House for some dinner.
    It was at the Waffle House that I explained to Gabriel, then 5 years old, that we were going to spend the night in this town, then drive the rest of the way to see his cousins in Kentucky.
    Gabriel was not going to hear anything of the sort. He had it made up in his mind that he was going to see his cousins that day, and that was that. He began sobbing at the very thought of staying at the place we had just visited that night, and not being able to see Evan and Aaron until the following morning.
    I did my best to explain to him that daddy is very tired, that he needs his rest so he can drive the rest of the way to Kentucky, but I may as well have been talking to the hydrogenated food product melting on my waffle. It was falling on deaf ears.
    He then said something that was so dang cute, mere words on the iPhone screen you're reading this email can never do it justice.
    In between sobs, and pleading with me to not spend the night where we were, he said, "Daddy, you're not doing your best!"
    We ended up driving to Kentucky that night, got in about 1:30 am.
    How do you refuse a 5 year old child who simply will not be denied waking up the next morning and playing games with his cousins?
    Short answer: You don't.
    My son taught me an important lesson there in that Waffle House. No matter how much I've done, I can always do more to finish the job.
    Of course I could have put my foot down and said we're done driving for the day. He would have gone to sleep just fine, we would have arrived mid morning the next day and all would have been well. In fact, Gabriel today at 8 years old probably wouldn't be so insistent on arriving in Kentucky that night. That's just the personality he had at that stage of his life.
    It was one of those precious moments a father is given for a happy memory, and also a life lesson to pass onto others.
    Doing just a little bit more than is expected for our Podcast Artistry™ clients is what keeps me motivated to continue doing it. It's kind of the magic of a service-based business; you can always personalize it, make it something only you would do. Kind of like those Far Side cartoons I mentioned the other day. There are about a kajillion cartoons out there, but there's only one Far Side; and its got legions of berserker fans to show for it.
    If you or someone you know is looking to get their name and/or message out into the inter webs, podcasting is a great way to do it, and we've got space for just a few more clients before we need to close the doors for an unspecified period of time.
    To learn more about what we have to offer, check us out: a...

    • 7 min

Customer Reviews

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4 Ratings

Anya Bartholomew ,

Great show! Don't miss! Informative + practical!

Indeed, this is a Great show that will be a shame to miss. Because it is super information, insightful and at the same time applicable to improve your life one step at a time! Highly recommend!!

jxywvut ,

Fascinating perspectives...

Full of thought provoking ideas and stories that really made me think. Thank you for putting these important conversations out there!

Gisele_Oliveira ,

Great show

I love this show. The hosts are really entertaining and the content is pure gold. Keep up the great work James and Sana!

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