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May 17Liked by TracingWoodgrains

Jack Despain is a fantastic name -- definite protagonist vibes.

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One of my favorite name-connected memories was when the guy interviewing me for my TS clearance told me it sounded like a detective name.

I’m very fond of it.

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May 17Liked by TracingWoodgrains

It’s very post apocalyptic knight-errant.

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May 17Liked by TracingWoodgrains

This was very heartwarming to read. I hope you’re successful at whatever comes next :)

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May 17Liked by TracingWoodgrains

Your work on BARpod was incredible and you will be missed! I’m excited to see what you do next.

Also, in a superficial aside, your picture looks incredibly close to how I pictured you in my head (though the Trace in my head had a bit of a goth/punk thing going on, a la Hayden Christensen in Life as a House).

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May 17Liked by TracingWoodgrains

My best friend got railroaded out of Air Traffic Controller academy for 6 years after getting a 4.0 in an undergrad program. He finally got in when they reversed course. Your work is important and makes a difference, keep going 💪

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May 17Liked by TracingWoodgrains

Farewell, sweet Trace, with the very best of wishes for your personal and professional endeavors.

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May 17Liked by TracingWoodgrains

Actually incredibly handsome! Thanks for your BARpod contributions

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May 17Liked by TracingWoodgrains

I can't believe it! We talked about it last year but it feels so surreal to see you actually do it. Reading this, I was sad to realize I had totally forgotten what you looked like 😭 I hope we'll see each other again soon!

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May 17Liked by TracingWoodgrains

Hey Jack, I'm touched to see the shoutout to Manifest, and to learn of the role our little conference played in your rationale for unmasking. Excited to meet you in Berkeley this summer, and I'm sure that a bunch of great opportunities will be coming your way.

(I'm also a tiny bit sad that from now on, one of my favorite homages to the Enderverse will be less present; I've loved seeing the pseudonym and recalling the story behind it, since the SSC days.)

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It will still be the name of my blog and my Twitter handle! I’m not going to abandon it by any means.

Excited for Manifest!

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May 17Liked by TracingWoodgrains

Nice work Trace, we appreciate you

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May 17Liked by TracingWoodgrains

You're an interesting guy and a great storyteller. It's going to be exciting to see what you get up to next! Best of luck!

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May 17Liked by TracingWoodgrains

You’ll be missed - but good luck on this new chapter in your life!

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May 17Liked by TracingWoodgrains

You're one of the good ones, Trace. <3

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May 17Liked by TracingWoodgrains

Godspeed Trace. I'll miss your voice in the Barpod world, but I look forward to watching as you move beyond the den into your own.

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Goodbye and good luck!

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May 17Liked by TracingWoodgrains

Fuck me but I thought Trace Underwood was your real name. I’ve had the privilege of knowing quite a few Mormons in my business (also law), and I could definitely see them naming a kid that. Religion appears not to be for either of us, but every one of those lawyers were outstanding advocates, people, and Americans, and I’m a better one of all those for having learned from them.

And either one of those names could have been chosen by Dashiell Hammett or Raymond Chandler for a hard-boiled detective.

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Congrats, and good luck. The end of an era.

Also, can you please upload audio of you pronouncing all your names because I have no idea how Despain or Zhou should be pronounced, and I'm sure Katie and Jesse will find a way to fuck it up also.

Also, please post height and weight, I've got a bet (with myself) on the line https://x.com/itsnotmyfault01/status/1788998015870521509 .

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Got my height approx right, but guessed at least 20 pounds too high for weight

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