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About Niko Donburi

Niko Donburi is best known for his parodies about the thriving virtual world known as Second Life. His lyrics depend largely on satirizing issues and aspects of Second Life--be it grey goo, Linden Lab, furries, or virtual romance.

Niko's parodies about Second Life are well known through out the SL community and were a staple of SecondCast, SL Under the Radar and other popular Second Life podcasts during the peak years of SL . Niko was a featured performer at the 2007 Second Live Community Convention in Chicago, Illinois, and he still holds the record for the largest virtual live music concert ever held in Second Life at 400+ separate sims.

Niko's music is frequently heard in the clubs of Second Life, with old skool virtual deejays keeping songs such as Dear Linden, Dear Linden, It's the End of the World as we know it (in Second Life), and My Favorite Things (About Second Life) in rotation. It's been said that if you really want to know the history of Second Life, all you need to do is listen to Niko's songs.

The Songs

Clicking on each song title will take you to that specific song to listen to or download. All songs may be used under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License. Lyrics are available on the left side panel.

The Linden - On the train ride back from SLCC2007 in Chicago, I ran into a Linden... (parody of "The Gambler" by Kenny Rogers)
Virtual Stranger - For all those who have had their heart broken in Second Life.... (original)
My Favorite Things (about Second Life) - Pretty much self-explanatory... (parody of "My Favorite Things," the O&E classic)
Should I log in or Should I go now? - Sometimes it's no fun to be in SL... (parody of "Should I stay or should I go?" by The Clash)
Dear Linden, Dear Linden - The ultimate Second Life protest song... (parody of "Dear Abby" by John Prine)
SL Man - True stories about some of my virtual friends... (parody of "Piano Man" by Billy Joel)
It's the end of the world as we know it (in Second Life) - With every change or addition to the Grid, someone somewhere thinks it's all gonna end... (parody of "It's the End of the World as we Know it" by REM)
44 lines about 22 Lindens - I got to wondering one day about who these Lindens really are and what do they actually do... (parody of "88 Lines about 44 Women" by The Nails)
Escape (The Second Life Song) - Looking for love in SL? Best be careful your spouse doesn't find out... (parody of "Escape (the Pina Colada Song)" by Rupert Holmes.)
Wastin' Away in Second Life - An ode to the greatest time sink ever created... (parody of "Margaritaville" by Jimmy Buffett)
Second Life (that's where I want to be)- the anthem of the addictive world of Second Life (parody of "Up in Smoke" by Cheech and Chong)
Living Virtually - What keeps bringing people back to Second Life are not the graphics, the ability to create your own content or any other technological feat. It is the people. (original).


Not all of my Second Life songs are parodies. Here are machinima for five of them that are not....

One of my most popular songs, this parody of the Cheech & Chong classic summarizes the Second Life experience quite nicely. It's annotated to explain what I'm actually singing about!

As amazing as Second Life is, it's the people behind the avatar that make it all worth while. This song is my way of thanking all those who have been my virtual friends...

As many of you know, Second Life allows you to reach a level of intimacy with another person that is beyond the physical. The wall of physicality that we carry with us in the real world gets set aside, exposing our hearts and minds. Such exposure can easily lead to wounds. This song tries to answer the question of how can someone whose virtual cause so much pain that is physical? It was made by my good friend chugabug midnight during the record breaking show from liam and chrissy's barcelona sim and is dedicated to....

Whenever I would bring anyone into SL, the first place I would show them was Svarga. Svarga was the center of artificial life in Second Life. Everything in the entire sim was created to be interdependent, from the clouds to the insects to the plants. You can read more about Svarga here, at New World Notes.

But Svarga, like Niko Donburi, is now a thing of SL lore. It no longer exists. Fortunately, I had filmed a machinima exploration of the sim, which does not do it justice but at least provides a glimpse at what many consider was the most incredible thing ever created in Second Life. This is a solo guitar composition written specifically for the machinima.

Finally, I would be remiss if I did not include this one of Koryo. This is a parcel long donated to me as a music creation space from my best SL friend, Elwood Abernathy. When I am not performing live in Second Life I would often plug in and play here. Since this was my first machinima, you'll note I forgot to turn off my title. If you look closely, however, you'll see that I am listed as busy. Fitting, that. I had scoured the SL vendors and included as much artificial life on the parcel as possible, including weather effects, renewing flowers, butterflies, birds, insects, and, of course, my cat.

Saturday, December 06, 2008

The End of Niko Donburi?

A letter to all fans of Niko Donburi:

No one ever thought Niko's virtual music career would brought short by foul play. Then again, that's how rock stars become immortal, so it should not have been unexpected. It just wasn't expected to happen so soon. While attending Esch's gallery opening, Niko and his date were attacked by an unknown assailant utilizing some form of technology not seen before in Second Life. Both were killed.

For a long time there were concerns, rumors, that the Lindens were plotting on a way to get rid of their biggest critic next to Prokofy. Every time they would make a change to the grid or SL, a song would soon be produced lampooning them. For a while it was thought that Niko would be permabanned, particularly when word got out that he was in possession of a contraband t-shirt which featured the Second Life hand. Pathfinder had it in for him from the days of SLCC2007 when Niko blackmailed him into giving him a tip whilst busking in the halls and Philip was enraged when Niko demanded money to not play while the television news stations were covering the event.

There were other enemies too, of course. Sim owners at whose venues Niko refused to perform. Crazed fans miffed that he wouldn't play all of their Second Life favorites (you know who you are). But many long time Second Life residents maintain it was the Lindens taking revenge for Niko's revealing SL secrets a certain Linden revealed to him shortly before that Linden was eliminated from the world he helped create....

Niko will be missed by all who loved Second Life, quirks and all. Rather than delete everything here, it has remained as monument for all those past, current and future residents of Second Life who want to smile, laugh or remember an early time. A time when Second Life was something new, something incredible.

Friday, December 05, 2008

Interview with Rosa Gardner: SLocial butterfly

[20:26] Niko Donburi: Also, I'm doing an interview series with my friends in SL. Care to take part?

[20:26] Rosa Gardner: whats the interview about ?

[20:27] Niko Donburi: Why did you chose "Gardner" to be your last name in SL?

[20:27] Rosa Gardner: oh ...hehe well ....*blush* okay here goes...

[20:28] Rosa Gardner: I used to play "the sims online" game.. where there was a NPC character the gardner.. he ran arurnd in yellow pants and red suspenders and nothing else. it was a ongoing joke .. we plant LOTS of flowers in the game to keep the sexy gardner around. when i made my name in sl .. I couldnt resist the inside joke to some of my TSO friends who came over too to "finally get the gardner" :D

[20:30] Niko Donburi: lol
[20:30] Niko Donburi: Can I quote you on my blog?

[20:30] Rosa Gardner: sure.


Just an FYI as to what I've been up to:

  • I've uploaded my fourth machinima to YouTube, Virtual Stranger. It was shot by chugabug goodnight at the Barcelona concert
  • I've been posting some of my poetry on my original blog, Think About It.
  • I've stumbled upon an old travel journal from 1988 when I first arrived in Japan. They are in chronological order from the date of my arrival. September 23, 1988.
  • I had a good Thanksgiving with my friends Rocky and Elseamae and their RL son. Look for them on my land in Tyta.

Sunday, November 23, 2008


The recent client update is causing some technical glitches which are preventing me from logging in SL. I am trying to figure out what it is, but due to the coming holidays and current economic malaise we are weathering, I'm otherwise a bit preoccupied. I am trying to spend what little free time I have playing guitar and reworking some of my SL songs. I'm also in the process of going through hours and hours of past shows and cull out particularly good versions of my non-SL songs and occasional cover.

As I find them I'll be converting them to mp3s and uploading them for your listening pleasure. I'm also posting the lyrics on the off-chance that anyone actually wants to read them.

Email me (nikodonburi @ if you want to reach me.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Machinima: "Virtual Stranger"

Music by Niko Donburi, Video & Editing by chugabug goodnight. Chug also does a very nice introduction to the song so be sure and check it out!

Monday, November 10, 2008

Show disclaimer: Second Life, SL, Linden, Linden Lab and all other words or references used in this performance are either trademarks of Linden Research, Inc., or ought to be. My use of these words, phrases or references does not mean that I am endorsed by, sponsored by, supported by or even known by anyone at Linden Research, Inc., let alone an acknowledgment by them of the matters contained herein.

12 Songs about Second Life
A performance on the beach in Barcelona sim

the Linden
SLCC2007 in Chicago
living virtually
a song about virtual friendship
my favorite things (about Second Life)
pretty self-explanatory
should I log in or should I go now?
sometimes it's no fun to be in SL
dear Linden, dear Linden
hello, Lindens, are you listening?
virtual stranger
for those who are in SLove
SL man
what I hope to become
it's the end of the world as we know it (in Second Life)
despite it all, we're all still here
44 lines about 22 Lindens
who they are and what they do
escape - the Second Life song
the story of my life
wastin' away in Second Life
IMHO, SL is the greatest time sink ever created
Second Life (that's where I want to be)
the anthem of Second Life
the ABC song
one for the kids

Sunday, November 09, 2008

Missed the Show?

Live TV by Ustream

Vlad at recorded this, which was simulcast from Second Life out onto the web. There is a minute or so of no audio as he is getting his settings tweaked, so be a bit patient. Pretty amazing technology, if you think about it. I'm in RL playing and the music is being streamed into SL where it is heard by other people all over the world as part of the shared concert experience with the whole thing then streamed out of SL and onto the web for those not in SL to watch, live. Whew.

List of Sims where show can be heard

Xerses has provided me with the list of parcels where the show will be streamed. Here is a list of the sims, coordinates and plot size: 16 = plot size; sim name and coordinates. No time to make slurls, sorry!

16Adscita (30,246) 16Afton (210,40) 64Afton (78,254) 16Aglia (226,228) 32Agravain (18,218) 16Ahnpyung (254,104) 64Albulata (6,102) 96Alcis (30,58) 16Amorissa (34,2) 16Amorissa (34,30) 16Amorissa (42,14) 16Amorissa (46,14) 16Amorissa (62,30) 16Anilis (218,190) 16Aplasta (122,186) 16Aplasta (226,186) 16Aplasta (40,178) 32Apoda (182,254) 16Arches (70,182) 16Armon Gill (226,194) 16Asanga (34,206) 16Atropos (94,46) 16Auric (70,228) 32Auriga (227.666,250.05) 144Auriga (6,218) 16Avignon (2,94) 16Babel (130,194) 16Bagworm (178,146) 144Baikal (2,142) 48Balwin (234,182) 16Bam (216,214) 32Bandicoot (2,236) 64Bassett (150,242) 16Belphegor (104,62) 64Benham (126,248) 32Benham (66,102) 16Bennafield (130,250) 16Bietschhorn (210,6) 16Birchwood (114,102) 16Birchwood (118,98) 16Birchwood (124,102) 32Black Lion (150,250) 16Black Lion (78,34) 16Blackmount (230,134) 16Blacksticks (42,98) 16Boggabri (76,62) 32Bogong (226,190) 16Boksik (194,230) 16Boksik (2,54) 16Boksik (238,254) 16Bombalai (136,152) 64Bretton (254,142) 16Brithys (4,254) 32Brolga (14,62) 16Brolga (2,62) 16Brooks (126,12) 32Brooks (156,76) 64Brooks (92,4) 64Brownlee (218,18) 16Bundz (176,218) 32Cadborosaurus (250,222) 16Cadborosaurus (254,218) 16Caeshu (110,158) 16Caeshu (54,232) 224Caeshu (66,182) 16Caeshu (70,186) 16Caeshu (82,250) 16Callisto (138,134) 16Camorro (18,206) 16Campbell Plateau (74,122) 16Canfield (226,130) 16Carlisle (182,230) 16Carmine (206,246) 16Cass (92,4) 64Castlederg (122,58) 16Cavedweller (126,14) 16Cavedweller (60,140) 48Celerio (164,210) 32Celerio (182,210) 16Cevert (218,158) 16Chamonix (142,190) 16Chamonix (174,26) 16Chamonix (204,166) 32Chapel Stile (160,254) 64Chaska (40,30) 80Chasseforet (154,58) 16Chebi (88,190) 64Cheonma (22,190) 16Cheonma (26,114) 16Cheosan (246,82) 16Chima (178,194) 16Chindo (242,230) 16Chindo (246,230) 16Choa Nu (74,114) 80Chokki (194,158) 16Chopsaw (122,142) 16Ciraco (226,42) 16Cisseps (158,158) 16Clanis (166,134) 16Claremorris (180,134) 32Clay (84,34) 32Clear (154,114) 16Cleary (132,250) 32Cleary (98,210) 16Congrua (20,114) 32Congrua (22,102) 16Congrua (70,18) 16Craigavon (208,242) 96Crumbi (250,186) 16Cycnia (114,18) 16Dark Matter (4,252) 48Darkover (106,118) 64Deadwood (158,22) 16DeCheau (10,66) 16Demorgan (106,166) 48Denshore (16,188) 80Denshore (18,40) 96Diablerets (112,86) 32Diablerets (134,90) 16Diablerets (170,100) 32Diablerets (174,98) 16Djorven (4,82) 32Donalbain (158,190) 16Donders (36,254) 32Drax (192,254) 32Durango (252,90) 64Durdane (246,98) 16Eagle Rise (98,100) 32Eddings (138,92) 32Ekota (94,184) 64Eldora (230,150) 16Eldora (246,176) 64Ello (50,68) 32Ello (62,60) 32Enceladus (52,252) 48Epilais (88,102) 32Epirrhoe (254,242) 16Epirrita (114,110) 16Epirrita (92,74) 64Erzulie (88,130) 32Ethmia (206,134) 16Ethmia (4,148) 48Euiryeong (226,170) 16Euiryeong (234,222) 48Eunpyung (14,26) 16Ferguson (114,254) 16Ferguson (126,254) 16Ferguson (94,242) 16Firmans Haven (126,126) 16Fishii (78,210) 48Flagg (244,46) 32Flint (146,234) 16Fraxini (130,2) 16Gangkhar (108,30) 32Gangkhar (162,66) 16Gangkhar (162,78) 16Gangwon (12,40) 96Gangwon (242,106) 16Gangwon (30,42) 16Gangwon (30,54) 16Gangwon (36,30) 32Gartogg (22,218) 16Gartogg (22,226) 16Ge (162,94) 48Geoje (172,108) 64Gilbut (186,136) 96Gilbut (188,194) 32Goangeo (110,102) 16Gonkbrunk (118,158) 16Gorderonis (126,138) 16Gorgon (2,116) 96Gorlen Bay (14,22) 16Grace (182,170) 16Granville (90,164) 64Great Staughton (18,94) 16Grishin (82,50) 48Grolphook (154,46) 16Grolphook (162,58) 16Gyeonu (212,172) 48Hamlin (154,214) 16Harbourne (238,86) 16Hardrada (122,246) 16Hazeldean (122,186) 16Hemaris (104,250) 32Hemaris (90,250) 16Herald (242,134) 16Hewes (86,70) 16Highcastle (216,222) 32Horseshoe (234,114) 16Horseshoe (236,110) 32Horseshoe (246,122) 16Houlihan (120,22) 64Hughes (138,102) 16Hughes (14,230) 16Hughes (140,116) 48Hughes (168,2) 64Hughes (214,10) 16Hwaryeo (146,74) 16Hydes (146,6) 16Hydrathan (6,246) 16Idunn (194,14) 16Idunn (226,66) 16Ingvar (130,10) 16Jessgate (80,58) 64Jingyo (90,122) 16Julia Creek (44,62) 32Jumeoni (110,202) 16Jumeoni (68,124) 64Jumeoni (94,248) 64Junghee (198,254) 16Junghee (34,178) 16Junghee (44,184) 80Jungreung (158,28) 32Jungreung (201.856,13.4771) 64Kallabow (66,178) 176Kallabow (94,190) 16Kanes Project (62,92) 32Kendall (6,238) 16Khanuy Gol (234,230) 16Khanuy Gol (250,230) 16Khanuy Gol (252,234) 32Kitster (254,186) 16Kiuek (98,230) 16Klens (230,150) 16Knieff (126,154) 16Knot (94,254) 16Krypto (142,190) 16Kuhrang (222,122) 16Kumho (178,74) 16Kumiho (248,68) 96Kuusamo (136,56) 64Kuusamo (146,62) 16Kyle (62,86) 16Kyle (64,70) 32Lappet (226,238) 16Lappet (246,170) 16Lappet (50,40) 64Laserlight (130,62) 32Laurier (74,98) 16Leelight (26,222) 16Lendrum (46,254) 16Lhotse (130,182) 16Lhotse (94,150) 16Limtessa (150,38) 96Loepa (142,222) 32Lonsdale (110,6) 16Lonsdale (190,2) 16Loveland (210,196) 32Lunalis (230,94) 16Lusca (250,138) 96Lynnwood (134,130) 16Lynnwood (6,194) 32Lythria (62,122) 80Maemi (26,178) 16Makalu (10,146) 16Makalu (2,146) 16Makalu (44,152) 64Malacosoma (94,150) 16Malchior (26,86) 16Malgeungaram (122,22) 16Mallee (244,82) 32Manduca (166,248) 32Manitoba (166,222) 96Manitoba (170,230) 16Manitoba (184,222) 96Mantle (190,2) 16Maquapit (114,242) 16Maquapit (122,246) 16Maquapit (126,242) 16Maquapit (138,246) 16Maquapit (46,178) 16Marcell (242,66) 16Marcell (254,66) 16Masan (162,30) 16Matamata (34,86) 16McIntyre (254,90) 48Mephit (66,174) 112Meribel (198,134) 16Meyonohk (178,166) 16Miliaco (20,66) 32Milmeranda (190,250) 16Milyang (190,2) 16Mimas (38,80) 64Minchau (30,102) 16Minchau (30,226) 128Minchau (42,180) 64Missauke (34,254) 48Misto Presto (134,50) 16Misto Presto (74,22) 16Moa (62,78) 80Momil (226,24) 64Moolbora (130,126) 16Mooter (100,178) 32Mooter (130,160) 96Mooter (152,170) 32Moran (52,20) 32Mordus Hall (164,198) 32Mordus Hall (186,200) 64Morestello (18,246) 16Morgawr (4,178) 32Moth (130,30) 16Moth (146,30) 16Muinstown (126,238) 16Muinstown (200,106) 32Mullein (178,204) 96Mullett (10,178) 16Mullett (24,254) 64Mullett (84,138) 32Mullett (90,130) 16Mullett (94,140) 32Mumun (18,170) 16Mumun (42,244) 32Mumun (46,238) 16Murderous Motion (74,46) 16Murderous Motion (76,42) 32Murderous Motion (76,62) 32Myeolchi (165.968,129.993) 96Nagarjuna (110,254) 16Nagarjuna (166,222) 112Namhae (22,190) 16Namhae (30,190) 16Nanda (14,46) 16Nessie (132,110) 32Nijole (122,170) 16Nijole (138,138) 16Nimnam (168,238) 32Nimnam (174.994,231) 80Nimnam (186,242) 16Nina (142,150) 32Noguri (22,186) 16Noguri (242,182) 16Nordloop (18,70) 112Olexandrovich (162,4) 32Oppeano (194,146) 16Oppeano (70.0857,92.0565) 32Oppeano (78,34) 16Oppeano (82,6) 80Oppeano (84,70) 80Oppeano (94,138) 16Orache (10,194) 16Pan Ho (68,140) 64Parva (58,246) 16Pavet (10,104) 32Pavet (118,118) 16Pawpaw (106,42) 16Pilatianus (70,158) 16Pilatianus (98,184) 32Pinemont (162,34) 16Poggiodomo (162,242) 32Polkadot (90,198) 48Raimondo (126,46) 16Rannels (114,116) 32Rannels (136,142) 32Redear (126,26) 16Redear (136,254) 64Redspire (230,2) 16Rethymno (42,158) 16Riddings (78,154) 16Rideau (6,102) 48Rollie (226,4) 32Rollie (234,4) 32Romanenko (190,166) 16Root Squared (150,182) 16Rumgally (14,234) 16Sababurg (14,110) 16Sabnock (50,102) 16Saena (18,240) 128Saengseon (168,250) 112Sallow (226,82) 16Sanddalgi (14,98) 16Sanddalgi (194,230) 16Satbyeul (250,6) 16Satoo (126,250) 48Scamp (102,46) 16Scamp (110,46) 16Scamp (22,206) 16Scamp (58,182) 16Scamp (98,34) 16Seefeld (104,252) 64Selenia (182,2) 16Seneca (10,246) 16Seneca (198,66) 16Seneca (254,28) 32Seneca (40,238) 32Seneca (42,250) 16Seneca (94,14) 16Seogyeo (222,26) 16Seonggye (206,30) 16Seopophang (22,188) 32Servo (232,4) 80Servo (92,74) 80Seyanforth (166,146) 16Shantos (94,246) 16Shark (122,64) 32Shark (170,222) 16Shelter (22,90) 16Shikotsu (132,2) 32Shouldice (106,126) 16Sirrakuk (114,250) 16Skutter (198,250) 16Sliderule (104,188) 128Slyme (34,58) 16Sokri (204,4) 80Solbim (10,6) 112Sooseunhwa (26,130) 16Soulgiver (2,174) 16Specter (194,14) 16Specter (198,18) 16St Lion (192,156) 64Star Scythe (74,98) 16Star Scythe (86,106) 128Stepanovych (130,138) 48Stingray (170,170) 16Storgosia (94,90) 16Sunwi Do (102,170) 16Sunwi Do (150,198) 16Sunwi Do (34,128) 32Sunwi Do (38,130) 16Sunwi Do (88,158) 32Sunwi Do (90,162) 16Swain (10,126) 16Taean (248,30) 32Taesot (2,34) 48Tangun (50,102) 16Tarfang (246,230) 16Tarfang (70,60) 32Tarfang (78,34) 16Theretra (60,170) 32Theretra (66,142) 16Theretra (78,130) 16Thunberg (102,254) 16Thunberg (4,158) 32Tigerclaw (34,166) 48Timescape (128,44) 48Tlahuelpuchi (62,226) 16Tlahuelpuchi (94,126) 16Tofalar (142,102) 16Tofalar (156,78) 32Toroge (242,230) 16Toroge (250,226) 16Toshimora (156,124) 48Toshimora (158,118) 16Trellumare (18,90) 16Tridens (58,186) 16Trinovantes (254,254) 16Tsering (178,162) 32Tsering (178,190) 16Tsering (186,94) 16Tumblebrutus (82,2) 16Ungnyo (202,254) 16Uzume (26,250) 16Uzume (42,254) 16Valkyrie (198,6) 16Varsity (30,36) 32Velox (78,186) 16Villeneuve (102,82) 16Volvod (70,138) 112Vyacheslav (86,2) 16Wallaby (30,6) 16Warmouth (194,26) 16Wasp (254,170) 16Weber (122,158) 16Webwinder (126,110) 16Westport (122,250) 16Wunb (158,230) 48Xanthorhoe (14,98) 16Xtoh (150,82) 16Xtoh (158,82) 16Yarna (30,42) 16Yeoseot (134,138) 48Yosu (206,174) 16Yucca (34,70) 16Zakarisz (200,8) 96Zakarisz (202,58) 16Zakarisz (206,54) 16Zap Cannon (42,122) 16Zugspitze (134,100) 80Zugspitze (254,146)

In addition: my land at Koryo 121,16 will be streaming, my parcel in Tyta (245,124,126), Phoenixa has set her parcels on Soju, Solbitgil, Avaron, and Yangpa sims to the stream, Xerses has his at Darkwood 24,95,23, Mauve 180,102,36 & Atlas 108,228,36 and I don't know Rocky's info but since I'm using his stream I know it's playing there too!

Saturday, November 08, 2008

Interview with Yngwie Krogstad: SL DJ

[20:21] Niko Donburi: Why did you chose Krogstad as your last name in SL?

[20:21] Yngwie Krogstad: Well, do you know who Yngwie Malmsteen is by chance?

[20:22] Niko Donburi: The guitarist

[20:22] Yngwie Krogstad: Yes.

[20:22] Yngwie Krogstad: When I signed up I had no clue what I wanted to call myself, but I was listening to Yngwie at the time, so I decided I'd name myself after Yngwie. Since Malmsteen was not an option, I found the best last name that sounded like it'd be from the country he came from.

[20:22] Niko Donburi: cool

[20:23] Niko Donburi: mind if I quote you on my blog?

[20:23] Yngwie Krogstad: Go for it

[20:26] Yngwie Krogstad: Killer. Don't forget to mention that I'm a DJ, and maybe that I won the Keep The Rock A Rollin' Award, presented for promoting the indie artists of, I'm only the third person in all of SL ever to win it, and you can of course mention I play Niko Donburi too.

[20:27] Niko Donburi: Done

Friday, November 07, 2008

Sunday show details

This is the location of Sunday's show, 11/9 at 6pm SL. Here is the slurl which will take you into Second Life and put you right outside the stage area:

Here is the link by which you can listen to the show as streamed audio:

This is the link for viewing it over the web:

Special thanks to Vlad at Shiny Life for the help and the posts!

Interview with Robin Dale: Non-Social Socialite

"Mix a little foolishness with your serious plans: it's lovely to be silly at the right moment."
---Horace, 65 - 8 B.C.

[2008/11/04 18:57] Niko Donburi: Robin, I am doing a study of the geneology of last names. I was wondering if you knew the history of your family name, Dale?

[Nov 07 19:56:12 2008] Robin Dale: Hi, Niko. I don't know anything specific about the history of the name Dale. The word's Old English, with roots all over Scandinavia, I guess always meaning "valley." At a guess, it might have started in old England with someone identified as "Joe from the Dales." That'd be analogous to names like Hillman. The Robin Hood legends have the minstrel, Alan-a-Dale, which I suppose might be a form of "Alan of Dale." I've sometimes thought that I might have had an ancestor named Rob o'the Dales.

[18:36] Niko Donburi: Thanks, Robin, for the info. Is it OK if I quote you on my blog? I'm doing a survey of residents inquiring about their last name.

[18:40] Robin Dale: Sure. Hope other folks have better info, though. Hey, hope Sunday night goes well... I expect to be there somewhere!

Press Release for Sunday's Show

This Sunday, 11/9, at 6 o'clock pm (PST) virtual history will be made.

Niko Donburi, better known as the "Weird Al" of Second Life, will be holding what is being called the largest live music event ever held in Linden Research, Inc.'s virtual world.Niko's debut of his second collection of satirical songs about Second Life will be streamed to parcels of land located on more than 400 individual sims, or Second Life regions. The parcels are part of the virtual "Arbor Project," a movement to thwart the increasing commercialization of Second Life by planting virtual trees on small parcels of land throughout the main grid.

Niko is considered by many to be one of the top live music performers in Second Life. He was selected to be one of the featured live music performers for last years' Second Life Community Convention held in Chicago, Illinois, and his songs about Second Life are frequently heard in the clubs and venues of that virtual world.

More info can be obtained at: and you can listen to the concert via on Sunday, 11/9/08 starting at 6 pm PST

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Arbor Project: Beautifying Second Life 16m2 at a time

The Arbor Project plants trees on small lots in Second Life that otherwise would contain ads. Lots are available for 30L per meter to anyone who will join it to an adjacent property of at least 300m2. Contact Xerses Goff for more info.

[19:50] Niko Donburi: hey, do you still have the Sl Arbor Project going?

[19:53] Xerses Goff: yes, we are still giving away land

[19:55] Niko Donburi: giving away?

[19:55] Xerses Goff: yep, we are trying to get about 600 small plots recombined

[19:56] Niko Donburi: ah; can you set the music on each of those parcels to a single stream?

[19:56] Xerses Goff: yes,. we used to have them set to the station.

[19:56] Xerses Goff: they are open now.

[19:57] Xerses Goff: we have a bot that does it.

[19:58] Niko Donburi: I was wondering if I could get you to turn the parcels' streams to my show this coming Sunday, 6 pm SL
[19:58] Niko Donburi: in exchange for some announcements about your project
[19:58] Niko Donburi: we are going to pack the sim, I think, or at least try (as you've seen from the notecard)

[19:58] Xerses Goff: sure, I will be happy to do it anyway, just send me a notecard with the url
[19:58] Xerses Goff: yep
[19:59] Xerses Goff: don't need any mentions though you can let everyone know that they can listen from those plots.
[20:01] Xerses Goff: with the bot, it takes about 1/2 an hour to reset them all.

[20:01] Niko Donburi: ok

[20:01] Xerses Goff: I will do it tomorrow night or Staurday.
[20:01] Xerses Goff: just get me the url

[20:02] Niko Donburi:

[20:03] Xerses Goff: got it, will let you know when it is done

[20:03] Niko Donburi: the show is Sunday, 6 pm SL

[20:03] Xerses Goff: you can say it is being beamed across 400+ sims :-)

[20:04] Niko Donburi: yep, as part of the Arbor Project

[20:05] Xerses Goff: great

That's right, the show on Sunday is going to be heard in more than 400 separate sims in Second Life. As far as I can determine, it will be the largest concert ever held in SL.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008


Well, due in no large part to confusion created by myself, Sunday's show didn't quite go out as planned. I was surprised, however, at the number of people who did turn up just for the show. Turns out it was just a dry run for this coming Sunday. Yes, we are going to try it again. 6 pm SL in Barcelona sim, on the beach.

Last Sunday I had planned to tell everyone all of the following but in the confusion of finding a new location, getting a stream (thanks Rocky!) and TPing everyone, sending out a notice to the group, AND playing and singing, I just plain forgot. So, here it is in print so as least I know that they are somewhere....

While are you are at the show, you are more than encouraged to take snapshots, video capture, audio capture, tweet, blog or do anything else creative to capture the mood. I will be mixing and compiling all such items provided to me in a machinima. So as to allow the greatest flexibility when it comes to the editing, I would ask that everyone read through the following ten items:

(1) set your environment settings to "dusk" or evening setting. I've asked Liam and Chrissy to put out torches, fires, etc so that we can have a cool location. It will be on the beach in Barcelona so a much more relaxed and "outdoor" setting than the Cafe.

(2) if you take snapshots or video capture, please don't get your UI unless it is absolutely necessary (that's you, Phoenixa!).

(3) the simplest way to get me the photos is to "send as postcard" to my email (nikodonburi @ You can also post them to your Flickr page, which I encourage, or download them to your computer (particularly if you want to photoshop them) and email or ftp them to me later. Please DON'T save them in your inventory as it will cost you L10 per photo. If you DO have any in your inventory you want to send me, that's fine, too. The free way is better, though!

(4) machinima will be mixed for posting to Youtube so record it in at least 15fps, preferably 30.

(5) I would ask those of you who are audio recording to be sure and record the ambient sounds, background sounds, etc. I am recording the actual music track so there is no need for you to do so (unless you want to, of course!). What doesn't get captured on my end are the sounds (clapping, ambient) that you all hear. Only the music. If you could, please get a couple of minutes of just ambient sounds without music for mixing.

(6) Those of you making machinima of your own who are looking for a great location for an event to happen, this is your night. Feel free to film your own event at my show. You are welcome to use the music, with attribution.

(7) By clicking on the TP button, slurl or LM that takes you to the show, you are expressly agreeing that your AV can be used in any works by any of the attendees for any purpose. That gives every attending resident the ability to use the resultant footage as they wish.

(8) Please bring a guest, dance balls, pose balls and whatever else.

(9) Feel free to grief, just don't be an asshole about it. Particle effects are particularly welcome.

(10) Any and all publicity is encouraged. That means blogs, tweets, email, notices, IMs or whatever else you can think of.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

All Souls Day Celebration: Sunday, Nov.2nd

All readers of this post are hereby cordially invited to attend an All Souls Day Celebration in Barcelona Sim beginning at 6:00 pm SL this coming Sunday. Music entertainment will be provided by yours truly, Niko Donburi. Please be advised that the event will be recorded for use in a machinima.

Interview with Sokmunky Rutabaga

[19:06] Niko Donburi: Hi, mind if I ask you a somewhat off-the-wall question?

[19:06] Sokmunky Rutabaga: HI! what's up?
[19:07] Sokmunky Rutabaga: I like questions.

[19:07] Niko Donburi: Why Rutabaga? Why did you select that for your last name in SL?

[19:08] Sokmunky Rutabaga: cause I like rutabagas. they're yummy. and it's fun to say.

[19:08] Sokmunky Rutabaga: and most people don't know what they are.

[19:09] Sokmunky Rutabaga: so my native name would be something like foot-covering-cuddly-toy tastes like yummy ground root, or something.
[19:10] Sokmunky Rutabaga: also, rutabagas containa compound that breaks down into cyanide. which is cool.

[19:10] Sokmunky Rutabaga grins

[19:10] Niko Donburi: lol

[19:11] Sokmunky Rutabaga: how's that for an answer?

[19:11] Niko Donburi: mind if I publish your response on my blog?

[19:11] Sokmunky Rutabaga: ok, as long as I can link it :)

Interview with Lina Lageos: ZeroG SkyDancer

Pursuant to her request, this interview has been removed.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Interview with Circe Broom: The Queen of Live Music

[19:57] Niko Donburi: Why did you chose Broom to be your last name in SL?

[19:58] Circe Broom: I'm a witch
[19:58] Circe Broom: and thought it funny

[19:58] Niko Donburi: were you a witch in RL before or in SL?

[19:58] Circe Broom: in RL before

[19:59] Niko Donburi: a wiccan?

[19:59] Circe Broom: yes, but my own kind.. just as with any religion, I dislike extremes

[20:00] Niko Donburi: not with a coven then?

[20:00] Circe Broom: I was solitary for years, then found folks up here in of like mind

[20:00] Circe Broom: and yes, but three of them moved away
[20:01] Circe Broom: and some of the spirit was lost..

[20:01] Niko Donburi: yes, the greater the number the greater the power

[20:01] Circe Broom: stuff happens
[20:01] Circe Broom: yes
[20:02] Circe Broom: we've done really fine stuff, I think.. and I think maybe I am alive right now because of our power...
[20:02] Circe Broom: and we have been a positive force in our neighborhood... are well regarded
[20:03] Niko Donburi: good

[20:03] Niko Donburi: mind if I quote you for the interview?
[20:04] Niko Donburi: I'll need a jpg or the one you just sent and any links you want your name linked to

[20:05] Circe Broom: ooh let me get a better one! My hair's a MESS LOL
[20:05] Circe Broom: LINKS ooh baby

[20:05] Niko Donburi: lo
l[20:05] Niko Donburi: nothing but the best here..!

[20:06] Niko Donburi: so, is that a yes?

[20:06] Circe Broom: YES

[20:06] Niko Donburi: lol

Interview with Xerses Goff:

[19:22] Niko Donburi: I was going to ask you, why did you chose Goff to be your last name in SL?

[19:23] Xerses Goff: lol, it was the last nome of a former footabll coach at my college.

[19:23] Niko Donburi: Can I quote you for my blog?

[19:24] Xerses Goff: sure.

[19:24] Niko Donburi: send me a jpg via and any links you want linked to

[19:24] Xerses Goff: just doen't use my spelling, lol

[19:24] Niko Donburi: lol

Monday, October 27, 2008

Ever find yourself just a few Lindens short to buy something you want? Hate when that happens. Here's what I want to buy next, but only had L1141 left in the account after purchasing all the machinima apps. So, guess it's time to do another concert! :-)

Interview with Chrissy Cordeaux: Mistress of Barcelona

[18:58] Niko Donburi: (1) why did you chose Cordeaux to be your last name in SL?

[19:02] Chrissy Cordeaux: because I liked the way it sounded....It might sound silly, but I wanted my name to sound cute but sophisticated at the same time.

[19:04] Niko Donburi: mind if I post your response on my blog?

[19:04] Chrissy Cordeaux: sure, go ahead

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Saw a tweet by Torley which had a tinyurl. Followed it to the above. Is that cool or what!

You must see

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Interview with Chugabug Goodnight: Machinamist

[19:21] Niko Donburi: Hello, Miss Goodnight!

[19:21] chugabug Goodnight: Niko!,, how are you?

[19:22] Niko Donburi: Just checking out Nautilus after reading Radar's blog

[19:22] chugabug Goodnight: ah, cool.. his pics came out really good

[19:22] Niko Donburi: Yes
[19:23] Niko Donburi: I wanted to ask you a question or two, if it's okay

[19:23] chugabug Goodnight: sure

[19:23] Niko Donburi: first one... why did you choose Goodnight as you last name here in SL?

[19:25] chugabug Goodnight: I knew ppl would think of "chug a bug" as a drinking "connotation", so.. what do you do when you drink?... You wanna go "goodnight"!

[19:25] Niko Donburi: lol

[19:25] chugabug Goodnight: I do, any way
[19:25] chugabug Goodnight: lol
[19:26] chugabug Goodnight: and, chugabug has NOTHING to do with drinking
[19:26] chugabug Goodnight: #2?

[19:26] Niko Donburi: wait, since you opened the door I'm going to ask: what, then, does chugabug have to do with?

[19:26] chugabug Goodnight: haha
[19:27] chugabug Goodnight: curious?
[19:28] chugabug Goodnight: when I was a kid.. in a neighborhood game of football (co-ed) I could run the ball down the field, dodging everybody and my friends said "you can CHUG a ball down the field!" "cute as a bug in a rug". Make sense?

[19:29] Niko Donburi: lol

[19:30] chugabug Goodnight: true story

[19:31] Niko Donburi: want the second question?
[19:32] chugabug Goodnight: sure, if you wanna ask it

[19:33] Niko Donburi: every other person I've interviewed has at least SOMETHING in the "About" section on their profile.
[19:33] Niko Donburi: You have nothing.
[19:33] Niko Donburi: Why?
[19:33] Niko Donburi: Why nothing?

[19:34] chugabug Goodnight: Hmmm, good question

[19:35] Niko Donburi chuckles

[19:35] chugabug Goodnight: In my skype profile, my quote is "I've got nothing", and I guess that means I don't have much to say
[19:36] chugabug Goodnight: guess, I don't have much to say
[19:36] chugabug Goodnight: until you get to know me...[19:36] chugabug Goodnight darts her eyes up

[19:36] Niko Donburi smiles

[19:37] chugabug Goodnight: this for your blog?

[19:37] Niko Donburi: yes, and with your permission I'd like to post it.

[19:38] chugabug Goodnight: ah, cool

[19:38] Niko Donburi: so is it ok?

[19:38] chugabug Goodnight: it's ok, yes

[19:38] Niko Donburi grins

how :-) turns to :-( in five minutes

So, do you want the good news or the bad news first?

Good news: this morning I check my mail (nikodonburi at if you ever want to reach me) and my standing Google search reveals that someone has been talking about me. Not just an ordinary someone, but my friend, the famed podcaster Radar Masukami of SL Under the Radar. He did a post on his blog Reading Radar about me with a nice comment.

Bad news: I then go and click over to listen to his podcast. This is where it gets sad. SL Under the Radar is no more. The 39th episode is the last.

I can appreciate the need to change. If you've ever taken the time to start at the beginning of this blog and read through you will undoubtedly noted that I have taken some time off, had a bit of a career change, renewed my Second Life by spending some time off the computer and in the real world. But I've always come back. Let's hope Radar does the same.

How Stuff Works has a list of 59 famous people who died before 40. I note the following passed at 39:

56. Anna Nicole Smith (39)

57. Dennis Wilson (39)

58. Malcolm X (39)

59. Martin Luther King, Jr. (39)

I propose that we add the following: 60. SL Under the Radar (39th Episode)

machinima: svarga

This is the second composition from Music for Virtual Worlds. The footage is captured at my favorite sim, Svarga, a virtual ecosystem. A detailed description of Svarga with an interview of its creator, Laukosargas Svarog, can be found over at New World Notes.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Interview with Yxes Delacroix: SL Podcaster / SL TV Producer

[19:37] Niko Donburi: Why did you chose Delacroix to be your last name in SL?

[19:38] Yxes Delacroix: hehe i thought it looked good with Yxes. :)
[19:38] Yxes Delacroix: why do you ask?

[19:39] Niko Donburi: guess that makes me want to ask, why Yxes?

[19:40] Yxes Delacroix: cuz it is just sexY backwards! (and i never thought i would have to "say" either of them!! hehe)

[19:41] Niko Donburi: can I quote you in my interview series?

[19:41] Yxes Delacroix: why is that? why are you asking about my name?
[19:41] Yxes Delacroix: sure, you can quote me....

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Machinima: Koryo

As those of you who routinely attend my in-world shows will now, in addition to my SL parodies and other originals I typically play a solo acoustic guitar composition sometime during the set, or more than one if the venue is appropriate it (such as Barcelona).

I'm in the process of compiling these into a machinima collection entitled Music for a Virtual World. Here is the first track, filmed in my corner of the virtual world: koryo.

Interview with Kaklick Martin: Live Music Performer

Considered one of the elders of the Second Life music scene, Bryan "ka-klick" Baker is a good friend to me and many others in SL. Be sure and check his regular Friday in-world show.

[2008/10/17 20:57] Niko Donburi: Why did you choose Martin as a last name?

[20:00] Kaklick Martin: Because it sounded good w/ Kaklick and it was a Guitar Maker's name. Sending you a time sensitive thing on Yahoo.

[20:25] Niko Donburi: Is it OK if I publish your comment on my blog?

[20:29] Kaklick Martin: which one? but yeah, probably

[20:29] Niko Donburi: the one about your lawt name

[20:30] Kaklick Martin: is that like a hawt last name?
[20:30] Kaklick Martin: lol
[20:30] Kaklick Martin: sure

Interview with Nethermind Bliss: Social Media Activist

Nethermind Bliss was the heart and soul of SLCC2007. Without her hard and thankless work, there would be no live music at the Convention. Example #1: SLCC2008.

[20:29] Niko Donburi: May I ask you a question?

[20:29] Nethermind Bliss: hi, Niko, long time no chat :)
[20:29] Nethermind Bliss: sure thing

[20:29] Niko Donburi: Why did you chose Bliss as your last name here in SL?

[20:29] Nethermind Bliss: interesting, and unexpected, question :)

[20:29] Nethermind Bliss: I chose it for two reasons
[20:30] Nethermind Bliss: because one, it was short, whereas Nethermind was a long name, so for linguistic reasons, it was musical in nature
[20:30] Nethermind Bliss: and two, because it's ultimately what most seek, by different definitions

[20:31] Niko Donburi: nice answer.

[20:31] Nethermind Bliss: what made you ask?

[20:31] Niko Donburi: May I quote you on my blog?

[20:31] Nethermind Bliss: absolutely
[20:31] Nethermind Bliss: I am as transparent as they come :)
[20:31] Niko Donburi: hehe

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Interview with Haroldthe Burrel: SL Relay for Life Team Captain

[18:59] Niko Donburi: Why did you chose Burrel to be your last name in SL?

[18:59] Haroldthe Burrel: heya Niko
[18:59] Haroldthe Burrel: Genesis

[19:00] Niko Donburi: As in the Bible or the band?

[19:00] Haroldthe Burrel: i came here from Mystonline, and my name there was Watcheroftheskies

[19:01] Niko Donburi: So you are a transient from another world

[19:01] Haroldthe Burrel: nope, really like Peter gabriel. lol

[19:01] Niko Donburi: lol
[19:01] Niko Donburi: mind if I quote you on my blog?

[19:01] Haroldthe Burrel: not at all

Interview with Serenity Brezoianu: Music Afficionado

Serenity is someone I met at a show. We've IMd a few times we've seen each other on and I always enjoy having her in the audience. By her profile uou can just tell she's a deep person:

We build walls. We wear a mask pretending to be what we aren't. We build the wall around us so high that people can't really know us. We are afraid of truth. We run as far as we can from it.
Then, there is the other side! A small part just wants to be heard, to be who you really should be. Fear keeps you from it all. Fear, I think is one of the most intense feelings. Fear. Fear keeps you from being the friend you could be. If you shared that ... you just don't know.

[18:37] Niko Donburi: Why did you choose Brezoianu as your last name in SL?

[18:38] Serenity Brezoianu: =) because it sounded weird =)

[18:38] Niko Donburi: lol

[18:38] Serenity Brezoianu: and it has lots of vowels

[18:38] Niko Donburi: why the vowels?
[18:39] Niko Donburi: why did that attract you to the name?

[18:39] Serenity Brezoianu: not ordinary... and at the time i didn't want to be ordinary ...

[18:39] Niko Donburi: and now?

[18:41] Serenity Brezoianu: now... the name fits... just different... I am described by someone I met here that I date now as Quirky =)

[18:42] Niko Donburi grins. You are.
[18:42] Niko Donburi: lol

[18:42] Serenity Brezoianu: =)

[18:42] Niko Donburi: mind if I quote you on my blog?

[18:43] Serenity Brezoianu: lol yes it's fine =)

Interview with Rocky Merosi: SL DJ

Rocky is one of my closest friends in Second Life. More about him later!

[18:32] Rocky Merosi: WOO
[18:32] Rocky Merosi: lol you are on

[18:32] Niko Donburi: hey, a question
[18:32] Niko Donburi: why did you choose Merosi as your last name in SL?

[18:33] Rocky Merosi: complete randomness :P

[18:33] Niko Donburi: lol
[18:33] Niko Donburi: why doesn't that surprise me?

[18:34] Rocky Merosi: Hey I am a random sorta person lol
[18:34] Niko Donburi: can I post your response to my blog?

[18:34] Rocky Merosi: sure lol

Now available: Live at the Cafe in Barcelona

Been going through Niko withdrawal for the past month or so? I've been working on a new music video collection, Music for a Virtual World, which is busy consuming my free time. I've also been updating my blog and related sites so be sure and look around.
So that you won't suffer too much, I've edited down and uploaded a live show to my site. It's one big mp3 file and contains all the usual between song chatter I often indulge in. All songs are originals and subject to the usual license arrangement elsewhere in the site. Feel free to listen to the stream or download it to your iPod or play any of the songs on your podcast. The lineup is just under an hour in length.
Here's the song lineup:
  1. Dear Linden, Dear Linden
  2. Living Virtually
  3. Naive Mind
  4. God Doesn't Care
  5. Virtual Strangers
  6. Won't Be Home Tonite
  7. Escape (The Second Life Song)
  8. Christmas Cake
  9. Second Life (That's Where I Want to Be)
  10. Dearly Beloved
  11. The Next Gone
  12. My Favorite Things (About Second Life)
  13. It's the End of the World (In Second Life)

As many of you know, The Cafe in the Barcelona Sim is one of my favorite venues. Rendered in brick-for-brick detail of the central plaza in Barcelona, it is a hub of the international live music scene. I'm planning on recording a video there on the new album.

Niko Donburi SL Satirist

Niko Donburi SL Satirist, originally uploaded by Paisley Beebe.

Check this out. Found it while running a flickr search on myself. Paisley Beebe rocks. Check out her Tonite Live! I need to remind myself to give her an IM to see if I can come back on when my new mp3 collection is release, "Dancing with Lindens"

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Interview with Savanah Markova

[2008/10/18 20:19] Niko Donburi: can I ask you a question?

[2008/10/18 20:19] Savanah Markova: yeah sure
[2008/10/18 20:21] Savanah Markova: what's up?

[2008/10/18 20:22] Niko Donburi: why did you chose Markova as your last name?

[2008/10/18 20:23] Savanah Markova: lol
[2008/10/18 20:23] Savanah Markova: I liked it the most out of the available options
[2008/10/18 20:23] Savanah Markova: why do you ask?

[2008/10/18 20:24] Niko Donburi: can I post your response to my blog in my interview?
[2008/10/18 20:24] Niko Donburi: I"ll need you to email me a great jpg of yourself and any link
you want people sent to

[2008/10/18 20:24] Savanah Markova: what?
[2008/10/18 20:24] Savanah Markova: why?
[2008/10/18 20:24] Savanah Markova: for what>?
[2008/10/18 20:24] Savanah Markova: lol

[2008/10/18 20:25] Niko Donburi: I am doing a series of iterviews of people I know in SL
[2008/10/18 20:25] Niko Donburi: asking them why their last name was chosen
[2008/10/18 20:26] Niko Donburi: why "markova" and not "miller" or something else

[2008/10/18 20:26] Savanah Markova: I see

[2008/10/18 20:27] Niko Donburi: so...
[2008/10/18 20:27] Niko Donburi: can I?

[2008/10/18 20:27] Savanah Markova: idk
[2008/10/18 20:27] Savanah Markova: lol

[2008/10/18 20:27] Niko Donburi: please
[2008/10/18 20:27] Niko Donburi: post to the site
[2008/10/18 20:27] Niko Donburi: ?

[2008/10/18 20:28] Savanah Markova: I'll think about it?

[2008/10/18 20:28] Niko Donburi: you'll be listed as the one who got away
[2008/10/18 20:29] Niko Donburi: :-)

[18:20] Savanah Markova: (Saved Sat Oct 18 22:35:37 2008) yeah go ahead and post it

Interview with Flameheart Sol - Proprietress of the House of Flames

[2008/10/17 21:05] Niko Donburi: Why did you choose "Sol" as your SL last name?

[2008/10/18 9:01] Flameheart Sol: Hey there are you???? What a question :). I chose it because it is Spanish for sun, and I am full of fire and passion (redheaded, Sicilian, Leo). I had no idea what my first name should be, but once Sol was chosen, Flameheart was the first thing that came to mond. Funny thing is that now I am also called Flameheart in real life. The name muist fit :). What is going on wtih you????

[2008/10/18 9:03] Niko Donburi: I'm well, thanks. Thanks also for the info. Can I quote you on my blog?

[2008/10/18 19:42] Flameheart Sol: sure you can quote me :)

Interview with Katronix Serf: Podiobook Producer and Podcaster

[19:43] Niko Donburi: Why did you choose "Serf" as your last name?

[19:44] Katronix Serf: dunno, it was just one of the options, when I joined :-)
[19:45] Katronix Serf: why?

[19:47] Niko Donburi: But why THAT one and not, say, Donburi or something else?

[19:48] Katronix Serf: honestly don't know... I don't even recall if back then we had a choice of last name

[19:48] Niko Donburi: Yeah, there was a selection screen. We are similar in rez day
[19:49] Niko Donburi: I'm doing an interview of people in SL asking them why they chose that particular last name.

[19:49] Katronix Serf: oh ok.... sorry I don't know... I probably picked the default it chose for me
[19:49] Niko Donburi: You can read the results on my blog at
[19:49] Niko Donburi: You are the first to either have just randomnly chose one or doesn't want to tell me!
[19:49] Niko Donburi: lol
[19:49] Katronix Serf: lol
[19:50] Niko Donburi: can I quote this chat as your interview on the blog? I will also upload a photo of you and a weblink to whereever you want it to go.
[19:50] Niko Donburi: Also, are you still podcasting?
[19:50] Katronix Serf: sure
[19:51] Katronix Serf: I am still podcasting, but not under my SL name anymore
[19:51] Niko Donburi: you have the coolest SL name, IMHO, why not use it?
[19:51] Katronix Serf: lol thanks
[19:51] Niko Donburi: BTW, how did you come up with Katronix? THAT wasn't on the list!@
[19:52] Katronix Serf: well, my RL name is so incredibly common, I wanted something that isn't common. So I threw letters together :-)
[19:52] Niko Donburi: Damn, that's cool.
[19:52] Niko Donburi: Can I quote that?
[19:52] Katronix Serf: sure
[19:53] Niko Donburi cuts and pastes into his blog post before Kat changes its mind.

Interview: Kira Finn

[2008/10/17 20:35] Niko Donburi: Hey, why did you choose "Finn" as a last name

Kira Finn: (Saved Sat Oct 18 19:33:40 2008) Well....I loved the name Kira even before I knew anything about SL. If I had a daughter that would of been her name. So when I signed into SL I knew I wanted that name and Finn seemed to just fit.

[19:42] Kira Finn: (Saved Sat Oct 18 19:34:10 2008) Can I ask why you are asking?
[19:43] Niko Donburi: Can I post your response as part of my interview of my favorite people in Second Life?
[19:43] Kira Finn: Sure
[19:43] Kira Finn: I'm one of your favorite people in SL?
[19:43] Niko Donburi shakes his head and rolls his eyes
[19:43] Kira Finn: lol

Hey, let go of that Ego Surf

While learning to use Technorati!, I ran across this post by Poppy Linden referencing "44 Lines about 22 Lindens" (you remember: Poppy Linden finds the bugs that cause us residents to scream). He found whilst ego-surfing himself. I found it by doing the same. Guess it's one ego strokin' another, eh?
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Interview with Phoenixa Sol: SL Dancer

[9:01] Phoenixa Sol: hiya, hope all is going great!
[9:02] Niko Donburi: Hi! A question for you: why did you choose your last name to be "Sol" ?
[9:03] Phoenixa Sol: phoenix... firey. Sol... sunshine. (and also, I live in San Fran bay area, and most of the names in that time frame were streets of san fran, which I flat out REFUSED to have
[9:03] Phoenixa Sol: Sol also because spoken could be swapped as "soul"
[9:03] Niko Donburi: lol
[9:03] Phoenixa Sol: i dance from the core of my soul
[9:04] Niko Donburi: is it okay for me to quote you on my blog on how you derived your name?
[9:04] Phoenixa Sol: sure, make sure you say that "Phoenix" was already taken, so I created Phoenixa by adding the A

Friday, October 17, 2008

Interview with Durzle Darkstone: Virtual DJ

[20:47] Niko Donburi: Why did you choose Darkstone as your SL last name?
[20:48] Durzle Darkstone: It was mysterious
[20:48] Durzle Darkstone: grins
[20:48] Durzle Darkstone: and went exceptionally well with Durzle
[20:48] Niko Donburi: lol; mind if I quote you?
[20:49] Durzle Darkstone: depends
[20:49] Niko Donburi: upon?
[20:49] Durzle Darkstone: why? and to whom?
[20:49] Durzle Darkstone: what's the context
[20:49] Durzle Darkstone: LOL
[20:49] Niko Donburi: on my blog I am posting the response to all my friends in SL on why they chose their last name
[20:49] Niko Donburi: the story
[20:49] Durzle Darkstone: sure
[20:50] Niko Donburi: send me a SL photo of yoruself, a link or slyrl
[20:50] Niko Donburi: slurl
[20:50] Niko Donburi: it is okay to publish?
[20:50] Durzle Darkstone: how many responses have you gotten?
[20:50] Niko Donburi: two up so far
[20:50] Niko Donburi:
[20:50] Niko Donburi:
[20:51] Durzle Darkstone: lol
[20:51] Durzle Darkstone: ok, you been drinking?
[20:51] Durzle Darkstone: what's the story behind it?
[20:52] Niko Donburi: just thought it would be something cool, all the neat people I know in Sl. That's why you are among the first asked
[20:52] Durzle Darkstone: how bout you?
[20:52] Niko Donburi: My last name?
[20:53] Durzle Darkstone: nods
[20:53] Niko Donburi: Donburi is a rice dish in Japan.
[20:53] Niko Donburi: Oyako Donburi is chicken and egg on rice
[20:53] Niko Donburi: Quite good. Incidently, it means "Mother and Child" on Rice
[20:54] Niko Donburi: Nikko means smile in japanese
[20:54] Durzle Darkstone: shehs
[20:54] Niko Donburi: I shortened it to Niko for spelling
[20:54] Durzle Darkstone: deep thoughts
[20:54] Durzle Darkstone: that's great
[20:54] Niko Donburi: so, can I post it?
[20:54] Durzle Darkstone: I came up with mine so quick
[20:54] Durzle Darkstone: and loved it
[20:54] Durzle Darkstone: nods, sure

Interview with Elwood Abernathy: Virtual Landlord of Thousand Palms

[20:42] Niko Donburi: why did you choose "Abernathy" to be your last name in SL?

[20:42] Elwood Abernathy: only because it was at the top of the list, the first one there
[20:42] Elwood Abernathy: i never looked down the list
[20:42] Elwood Abernathy: and Elwood is my fahters middle name
[20:43] Elwood Abernathy: i did not expect to stay
[20:43] Elwood Abernathy: i was going to sign up see what the hype was and then leave
[20:43] Elwood Abernathy: and then in one week i met like 10 different people and had to stay to see them lol
[20:43] Elwood Abernathy: and here i am
[20:44] Niko Donburi: wow
[20:44] Elwood Abernathy: with no where to go
[20:44] Niko Donburi: 3 years later
[20:44] Elwood Abernathy: almost
[20:44] Elwood Abernathy: we are old timers now
[20:44] Niko Donburi: Can I quote you on my blog?
[20:44] Elwood Abernathy: lol
[20:44] Elwood Abernathy: sure
[20:44] Niko Donburi: cool
[20:44] Niko Donburi: feel free to send me a link to a site or something if you want it linked
[20:44] Elwood Abernathy: ok

Interview with Esch Snoats: Artropolis

[20:35] Niko Donburi: Hey, why did you choose "Snoats" as a last name
[20:36] Esch Snoats: I was trying to find a name that sounds like someone clearing their nose when they spoke.. My av looks like someone who speaks with this snooty nasally voice, so "Snoats" sounded good that way :P
[20:36] Niko Donburi: are you serious?
[20:36] Esch Snoats: Yeah :P
[20:37] Esch Snoats: Say my av's name out loud with a snooty nasally voice
[20:38] Niko Donburi: can I quote you on how you chose your name?
[20:38] Esch Snoats: lol sure

Monday, October 06, 2008

Blog alert: A N00b's Progress

Blogger & SLPhotographer Lelani Carver posted a nice entry on A N00b's Progress . Her posts have a definite Asian-vibe, which is really cool. I'll have to remember to play her "Christmas Cake" and some of my other songs from my time in Japan and Indonesia.

Now I have to just figure out how to get on her Flickr page like Maxamillion!

Sunday, October 05, 2008

Check out these podcasts!

Since my foray into the wild world of Podsafe Music, I've gotten notices that two podcasts thus far have played some of my SL parodies:

Atlantic Wave Radio out of the UK and Virtual Yooper out of Michigan. His blog is worth checking out, particularly if you ever dreamt of moving up, up and away or ever wanted to be an EMT!

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Niko + Podcast = More Listeners?

While all of my songs have been Creative Commons licensed, I took a few minutes and uploaded a few of them to the Podsafe Music Network for those podcasters amongst you. Two of my new songs, The Linden and Virtual Strangers are uploaded for your listening pleasure. Here's the link.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

ASD 1 year anniversary show: Sun 9/14 @ 1:30 pm SL

Yes, it's been TOO LONG since I've had a show in SL. The last one being the Music Isle show--which does make for good watching on your iPod, btw.

But whenever I get a chance to perform at ASD Studios, I'm taking it. So mark your calendars, fire up your recording devices and get ready for an hour of SL parodies, audience participation and as much virtual fun as your internet connection can stream.

Drop me an email or IM in-world if you aren't in the group and I'll get you a slurl or TP.

Monday, July 21, 2008

SLCN - Music Arts on the Isle

Always wondered what a Niko Donburi performance was like? Short of logging into Second Life, take a look at this week's episode of JeuL Resistance's Music Arts On the Isle, a weekly videocast from the Second Life Cable Network, where I perform a half hour or so set of SL parodies including the debut performance of Wasting Away the Day (in Second Life), an SL parody of the Buffett classic.

Thanks to all who logged in just for the show. It was good to see you on so late!

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

It's official: Niko for President

Evidently only viewable with IE. In the words of Liam Serf, guess that makes me a "single platform" candidate:

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Saturday, June 21, 2008

The Niko Donburi Fan Club

As do most performers in SL, I have a fan club. Members of this group have given me one of their coveted 25 group slots so that they can get notices of my shows. There is no higher compliment in SL than that. To all of you, thank you very much. I truly appreciate it Ace Clellon, Anjali Lebed, Austin Shepherd, Avalon Chevalier, BD Gilmour, Calypso Monentes, Caroline Fierrens, Chrissy Cordeaux, Christina Guffroy, chugabug Goodnight, cinnamon Daniels, Clever Darcy, Diomy Takakura, Douglas Rishmal, Drizael Doobie, Durzle Darkstone, Eeyore Anza, Elseamae Daviau, Elwood Abernathy, Esch Snoats, Ethan Oxbar, Evan Drake, Flameheart Sol, fmires Brun, Friesian Steuben, Fritzees Fizzle, Gando Thurston, Gomem Desoto, Grave Darkstone, Haffa Gaffer, Harmony Patel, Heidi Okelly, Hunter Maltese, Irelyn Christensen, Jaxom Winger, JohnF Munro, Jovana Qinan, jukeboxxx88 Writer, Kaisolin Woonona, Kaklick Martin, Katronix Serf, Kayleigh Cordeaux, Kikoto Takaaki, Kira Finn, Kronos Kirkorian, Kyla Marshall, Kylynn Kemsley, MarkusMatthew Jonesford, Memzie Sideways, Olive Blachere, Penelope Ofeq, Priya Dollinger, Prometheus Windang, Pukk Abel, Radar Masukami, Robin Dale, Rocky Merosi, Sayuri Collas, Serenity Brezoianu, Silver Claymore, Simeon Kondor, Splotch Bloch, Susie Aleixandre, Talia Rosher, Tux DeCuir, Valerian Romeo, Xerses Goff, Yummie Olsen and Zena Karas.

Friday, April 25, 2008

(TM)? We don't need no stinkin' (TM)!

Just got an email from Vint Falken notifying me that my new verse for Dear Linden, Dear Linden was chosen to share in the grand prize for the L10,000 Bounty for Best Trademark Parodies with Kanomi's The Tiny Dancing (R) Brand Center. Vint organized the contest in lieu of going on strike, as some other well-known bloggers have done. If I get some time this weekend I'll record the new version and get a link out to all members of the fan club---and post one to Vint's blog as well.
I'd best be transferring that L5,000 before LL gets word of my success... ;-)

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Will the fun NEVER end?

In light of the new trademark and copyright issues being enforced by those that run the virtual world "formally known as Second Life" (see Gwyneth Llewelyn's excellent summary of the issue), a new verse for Dear Linden, Dear Linden seemed fitting:

Dear Linden, Dear Linden,
I just don't understand
The new terms of service
About using your brand.
Registered trademarks
And copyright signs,
Must I use them all of the time?
Signed, a blogger

Blogger,Dear blogger
We hear what you say
And at Linden Lab (R)
We don't like things this way
But our lawyers insist
That it must be done
We sincerely hope it won't ruin your fun
Signed, a Linden (TM)

Friday, April 11, 2008

No more calendar :-(

If you haven't noticed, I dumped the web-based calendar system I was using to post gig info. This one was always out of date. Just check my in-world profile for a listing of upcoming shows....

Friday, April 04, 2008

SLUnder the Radar - #26: The Linden

Check out the newest episodes of SL Under the Radar podcast to hear the latest SL parody: The Linden (with all apologies to Kenny Rogers & Company's "The Gambler").

Just a note: all members of the in-world "Niko Donburi Fan Club" received an mp3 download a few weeks ago so log in and sign up!

Saturday, March 15, 2008

So I Married An Avatar.... part 2

Last month Business Week ran an article "So I Married An Avatar" to which I posted a list of the top 10 reasons why a virtual wedding was better than a real life wedding (or something to that effect.) Evidently it wasn't as funny as I thought because it wasn't posted to the comments section NOR did anyone on the SLEducators listserv even comment.

Then, much to my surprise I received an email from one of the editors late one Friday afternoon asking to use my comment in a new section "Featured Readers Comments" and requesting a photograph. Unfortunately I didn't get the email until after the deadline had run, but evidently that didn't matter as a few days later I found myself--er, my virtual self--as one of the Featured Readers. Here's the link.

Contrary to my wife, I am NOT lame. Yeah to Business Week!

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Second CD?

Rumors of a second Niko Donburi CD are... TRUE! Yes, I am working on a follow-up to my first CD, Tales from the Grid, which debuted at SLCC2007. While I am not sure if I will be performing live at SLCC2008 in Tampa (check out their new site) in person like last year's Chicago show, I'll certainly be there virtually--if they'll have me!

If you've been to a show in the past few weeks, you've heard some of the new ones: Virtual Stranger, 44 Lines about 22 Lindens, Should I log in or should I go now, The Linden, and most recently, SL Man. I be firing up the recording studio in over the summer and will start circulating demos to my group members so join up if you haven't already.

Meanwhile, I'm soliciting names. Thus far suggestions include: Tales from the Grid 2.0 and More Tales from the Grid.

Friday, February 15, 2008

So I Married an Avatar...

Having just read the article on the Business Week's website ("So I Married an Avatar"), I couldn't help but make a list of

The top 10 "best things" about a Second Life wedding

(10) No rubber chicken dinners;

(9) Virtual wedding gifts are cheap;

(8) The bridesmaid's don't have to worry about looking fat in their bridesmaid's outfits;

(7) If you don't want to attend you can blame it on your internet provider;

(6) If a guest gets drunk and obnoxious you can mute him/her/it;

(5) If the bride spills red wine on her dress it can be removed with a click of the mouse;

(4) no need to invite that aunt you don't like 'cause she ain't got broadband;

(3) you can play solitaire during the speeches;

(2) everyone looks good dancing;

and the #1 "best thing" about a Second Life wedding....

(1) the honeymoon suite is just a click of the mouse away!

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Free - Niko Donburi Ringtones!

Found this website via Sonic Bids which allowed me to make some ringtones for you. They're free so you have NO excuse for not having the chorus of Dear Linden, Dear Linden or Escape - the Second Life song ring when your sweetheart calls.

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Thursday, January 17, 2008

Black is the Colour

What follows comes from watching too much YouTube. Tuesday evening as I was cleaning the studio I had YouTube up and was running through some of my favorite clips. Two in particular, Johnny Cash's searing rendition of Trent Reznor's Hurt and the Holohan Sister's version of Black is the Colour of My True Love's Hair some how got mashed up in my brain while I was sleeping. The next morning I tuned to DADGAD, a notorious Celtic guitar tuning, and came up with my version called Black is the Colour. A click on the song title should bring you to the song on

In case you aren't familiar with the song, it is a traditional Scottish Song which somehow found its way to the Southern Appalachians. It was originally about a woman whose lover had failed to return from sea but I have changed the gender of the narrator given I'm the one singing it. Us guys can mourn too, you know....

(My version) of the lyrics:

Black is the colour of my true love's hair.
Her face is like some rosy fair,
The prettiest face and the neatest hands,
I love the ground whereon she stands.

I love my love and well she knows,
I love the ground whereon she goes,
If you no more on earth I see,
I can't serve you as you have me.

The winter's passed and the leaves are green,
The time is passed that we have seen,
But still I hope the time will come
When you and I shall be as one.

I go to the Clyde* for to mourn and weep,
But satisfied I never could sleep.
I'll write to you a few short lines,
I'll suffer death ten thousand times.

Black is the colour.
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* In case you were wondering, the Clyde is a "a river of southwest Scotland flowing about 171 km (106 mi) northwest to the Firth of Clyde, an estuary of the North Channel. The river is navigable to Glasgow for oceangoing vessels." See here.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

SL Under the Radar Episode #22

Radar was kind enough to chat abit about 44 lines about 22 Lindens in this recent episode which is fitting given that he interviewed Cogsworth Linden. Do yourself a favor and check out one of SL's best podcasters--you know it is good when Crap Mariner is a fan.