February 2023 Digest

Much ado about nothing

A lot of what I thought was necessary revealed itself to be unnecessary. As a result, much time & energy has been spent on undoing the things that I did.

The whole affair was quite silly, really. I really gotta stop watching Youtube and taking advice from it. There is great advice on there, it’s just that no amount of great advice will do anything unless I actually incorporate such advice into my life.

Trying to use objectively “good” elements turned out to be futile. In the end, the answer comes from within, not from without. There is simply no way for other people to know what I want and need. I have to figure it out myself and/or with the people who are actually involved in the matter.

At the simplest level, it’s something like this: I will probably not use affiliate links on my sites, especially not something like Amazon’s. It’s not that Amazon’s is “bad”; it’s that I couldn’t make it fit into the format of things I already had and wanted to have in the future.

Putting affiliate links goes beyond simply adding the links. At a rudimentary level, just by adding the links and adding disclaimers (required by law), a site gets a different look and feel.

(I’ve seen various sites using Amazon affiliate links that ignore the legally-required disclaimers. The way I read the contract, it sounded like, technically, there had to be a “paid link” disclaimer near every link.

Maybe I am just too chicken to ignore that part and use affiliate links in an aesthetically-pleasing manner…)

Anyway, long story short: probably no affiliate links for me, especially not from Amazon, because then the “paid link” disclaimer would have to be so numerous and conspicuous that my sites would look quite ugly. And… visual cleanliness is nothing to sneeze at.

And similarly, other things that I thought were necessary will disappear into history. And history will soon be forgotten, as it often happens.

Pure Fiction short stories have been collected in Band 2. There will, most likely, not be another Band for quite some time. I am struggling with the many WIPs that I have left sitting; they are all long novels.

Sponge is gradually settling into long-form. I should have seen it sooner that I prefer long-form anyway. I keep falling into the trap of “what people like,” over and over again, when in reality, it’s more like “what people supposedly like.” Who are “people” anyway? There is no one people.

Anyway, with the longer episodes, I have decided to make the schedule regular: every other week. This will be announced in the first March episode.

“Every other week” felt like a much-too-slow pace, back when the episodes used to be shorter-but-still-fairly-long. Now, every other week seems perfect.

아임 드리밍‘s season 4 is continuing. This podcast, too, will undergo structural changes. But that won’t begin until season 5. And the changes will be announced at the end of season 4.

After the recent guest post on 고막사람, it is back to the regular cast, Omak and I.

Blog/일기 keep on going. I feel that I should give these two more love. They have been sitting on the back burner as I restructured other elements. Now, I will have time and mental space to give them extra attention.

In the background, the translation for MODERN GROTESQUE TIMES continues.

Pure Fiction

“Band 2” is a chronological collection of previously published short stories by Ithaka O.

Each of those stories is available individually, with its own cover and blurb. If you would like to get a feel for each story, searching for them might be worthwhile.

Either way, enjoy.

List of stories in this collection




  1. Unpublished works copyright registration
  2. On the state of neutrality
  3. Sponge sustainability thoughts
  4. No rhyme or reason in popular posts
  5. How I walk in the forest
  6. Derivative works copyright registration
  7. WordPress multisite
  8. Getting organized with a list of seeds
  9. Solving unease
  10. Copyright – Real name AND Pseudonym in the registration
  11. Pride in not earning money
  12. Second band
  13. A word never means the same thing to anybody anyway
  14. Superbowl – learning something new
  15. Re: Emancipatory migrations
  16. Grandma died
  17. Festina lente
  18. Knowing that I don’t know
  19. Character/situation seeds.
  20. Marketing wisdom from 7 years ago
  21. 📚 “Snuff” by Chuck Palahniuk
  22. How to feel like a kid again
  23. I really want to keep the Youtube app off my phone.
  24. In search of silence
  25. Unconscious limitations
  26. The distraction-cleansing continues
  27. Wow, the “vortex,” not “vertex”
  28. Settling into a structure
  29. Progress update & sleep
  30. The value of deadlines… or not


014_하이틴은 아니지만 드림이기는 한 우리의 2023년.

아임 드리밍


시간 순서대로:

  1. 2023년의 1달이 지나갔다
  2. 코일의 사망
  3. 블로깅에 대한 블로그 포스트
  4. 무나물
  5. 여러 필명의 이유
  6. 광해군
  7. <조선노비들> 리뷰에 대한 링크
  8. 무한 생각의 늪
  9. 유통기한
  10. 마이너한 한아임
  11. 최고로 말 잘하는
  12. 나도 서울 힙스터들과 놀고 싶다
  13. 제발 쉬라고 하지 마…
  14. 말로만 듣던 미도리는 정말로 좋았다
  15. 찬물의 힘
  16. 결국엔 엔지니어가 다 하는 거 아닌가
  17. 도파민과의 밀당
  18. 고의적 구림화
  19. 방심하고 시작한 ‘환혼’ 파트 1
  20. 방심하고 시작한 ‘환혼’ 파트 2
  21. 방심하고 시작한 ‘환혼’ 파트 3
  22. 마케팅에 대한 광적인 집착과 돈, 유명세
  23. 대단한 건 대단한 거다.
  24. 물과 체온
  25. 주변의 마케팅
  26. 고귀함과는 상관없는
  27. 결정적으로: 다단계
  28. 재미로 하는 소셜 미디어