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Kristobaldude Video Mashup: Five Finger Death Punch vs. Bram Stoker’s Dracula

Posted by kristobaldude on March 5, 2011

I made this video by mashing the 5FDP song “Far From Home” with footage from the 1992 movie “Bram Stoker’s Dracula”. Hope You Like It! Make sure to COMMENT, LIKE, THUMBS UP, SUBSCRIBE, TWEET, RECOMMEND, etc!!! 🙂


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NETFLIX Internet Connection Problem CODE N8383

Posted by kristobaldude on December 31, 2010

Netflix Instant Watch Error

Netflix Instant Watch Error

What does this mean? This usually does not mean what it seems to indicate (i.e.: That you are having problems with your internet connection). Rather, according to tech support, it is basically their “default” or generic message that you get when there is a problem with a movie.

In other words, if you see this error while watching or starting a movie, try other movies and see if you can watch them fine (try popular movies like Shrek or Heroes Season 1). If those play OK, then in that context, this message means simply “This movie is malfunctioning”. It might make more sense if they had a message that said “This movie is broken at this time. Please try another selection”, and included an icon that told you if they were already working on the issue, and if not, then another link would take you right to reporting the error.

That makes sense, but it’s not going to happen. “Why?”, you ask? Because Netflix has gotten rid of their email support, according to the rep I spoke with today. It seems like Netflix is going downhill. I guess maybe it’s time to start supporting Blockbuster online.

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How to get VirtualDub To Store Codec Or Compression (Xvid, DivX, etc.) Information

Posted by kristobaldude on January 26, 2010

When saving VirtualDub settings (.vcf) files, It Doesn’t Store Codec Or Compression (Xvid, DivX, etc.) Information!

I am using VirtualDub 1.9.8. I have a folder full of large avi files and I want to convert each file down to a smaller Xvid compressed avi, and also rename it in the process. I did a Google search for “how to run batch files with VirtualDub” and got a lot of results. However, after investigating the first 2 or 3, it seems that something is going awry, though I am following their directions to a tee. Mainly, everytime an external program loads the .vcf (settings configuration) file I created and launches VirtualDub (aka: Vdub), VirtualDub processes the file using uncompressed “Full Processing Mode”, instead of the the compression settings (Xvid MPEG-4 Codec, in this case) that I saved in the .vcf! This results in a file size (MB) equal to or larger than the original, which is exactly the OPPOSITE of what I am trying to accomplish!

I have tried the following programs, and all seem to do what they are supposed to, but still they won’t compress my file for some reason!

So, I want to ask help of anyone who may be able to answer these questions for me and others who might be experiencing the same frustration:

  1. Is this a known problem with Vdub and are there any good known fixes? (note Google search was not fruitful in this regard.)
  2. How can I automatically (unattended) batch down-convert a directory of video files using VirtualDub or any other free software that will accomplish this task?

A final note, most of the information I have found on VirtualDub in this respect is sparse and out-of-date, the latest seeming to be on average from around 2006 sometime (it is January 2010 as I write this).

I thank you in advance for any assistance you can provide in this matter!

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Netflix Down, Not Working, Outage – December 8, 2009

Posted by kristobaldude on December 8, 2009

I did multiple google searches for the following search terms: “Netflix down, Netflix site down, Netflix not working, Netflix Outage, Netflix Instant Watching Trouble, Netflix problems December 8 2009, what’s wrong with netflix?“, none of which returned any relevant results for the last 24 hours. So, I decided to blog about it in case anyone else is experiencing this issue and looking for some solace and understanding.

I don’t know exactly what the root of the problem is, but the symptoms are these:

  1. I can log into Netflix.com fine
  2. I can click into a movie’s description page fine
  3. Hovering doesn’t seem to be working (implies AJAX-related problem)
  4. Unable to load and watch “instant-watch” movies, and sometimes Internet Explore hangs when attempting to load the movie.
  5. Same results on multiple computers.

I would be VERY interested to know:

A) IS anyone else is experiencing this issue, and

B) Has anyone knowledge of what is going on and/or any feasible solutions, or ETA’s for repair?

UPDATE: As of 4PM (CST) Netflix instant watch seems to be working fine. My best estimation is that it was down for 4 hours. It would have been helpful for the Netflix personnel to have posted a notice about the outage. I would hope that they will take this into consideration should this happen again.

Netflix down, Netflix site down, Netflix not working, Netflix Outage, Netflix Instant Watching Trouble, Netflix problems December 8 2009, what’s wrong with netflix?

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Kristobaldude’s Wishlist and Neat Links …

Posted by kristobaldude on October 28, 2009

The Barbarian Keep

Spy Cameras


Active Musician

Movie: PCU

Book: The Art of Gift Giving (Elise Noon)

Movie: John Tucker Must Die

Amazon.com: Netaya Rings


Amazon.com: Men’s Velvet Blazer

Bad-ass men’s clothing!

Target.com: Bar Cart

The Find: mens microsuede sport shirt

Geoffrey Beene Men’s Point Collar Fitted Sateen Woven Shirt

Dress-Shirt.com: Purple Dress Shirt

ShoeBuy.com: Minnetonka Moccasin

Music: Brujeria

Amazon.com: Chrome 4-Shelf Baker’s Rack with Wood Top

Home Bars



Pornography 101

I Rub My Wormie Massage

Michael Jackson Beat It Jackets

Optima Batteries

March Of The Titans – A History Of The White Race (Traces the history of Mankind fron a White Supremacy perspective)

Purple Ozzy Glasses

Overstock.com: Celtic Dragon Energy Pewter Necklace

Evil Cross Question Mark Silver Tone Pewter Pendant Necklace

Freedom Chair – Ergonomic work chair

Digipower SAM-G100-CH Executive Edition Charging Valet – Cherrywood

Beveled Edge grooved and notched 9mm Comfort Fit Mens Tungsten Carbide Wedding Band Ring Size 11

WholeNote.com: Challenge The Masters

Deanshop.com: Posters

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Death Note: The Darkness of Light …

Posted by kristobaldude on October 6, 2009

Shinobi’s Movie Reviews – Episode # 1 (2009.17.09)

Death Note

death note 3

Wow! Ok. I just got done watching a live action movie called Death Note. It was Japanese w/ Eng sub-titles, but I believe the translations were pretty accurate. Overall, I liked the movie, and it was especially entertaining with the “Reaper” character. In a strange way it seemed almost Shakespearean.


I only have a few criticisms. I have never seen the toon, but I understand that this movie was made years after the anime had already found a following. I’m not about to waste the best years of my life home alone watching anime, (or any addictive TV program for that matter), so I guess I may never know for sure. But, if they have done like so many other long-running cartoon/comic book series that get made into movies, they have tried to cram certain aspects that fans of the series know into the movie, to be true to the spirit of the original anime. Thus, it is no surprise that they did what I am about to say, but it irritates one and stands out as slightly “sloppy” nonethelesss.

I think the transition of Light from a “avenger” who only kills “bad guys” to a hearless bastard who kills anyone he wishes, with no remorse, could have been “developed” much better, as in Charachter development. I mean, this cold sumbitch has his girlfriend murdered simply to make people more sympathetic to him … hello? Munchausen-by-proxy much?

An interesting contrast that I noted is that in the movie, “Light” can usually be seen wearing dark colors, and “L” by the same token wears light colors; (in fact he seems to only wear white shirts!).

Further, I thought it was a bit contrived that Light would just up and kill all FBI agents. And, what if there was a factor that he was unaware of? For instance, what if when he asked the FBI agent to write the names of all involved, the agent would have written for one of the blanks the name of Light’s father, which the agent obviously would have known, since he knew Light’s name and where he lived. Light would then have inadvertently killed his own father! Then what? Would we now see the (real) remorse that was so lacking when his lady-friend was shot?

Finally, I don’t understand the connection between the pop star almost getting murdered at the end, and the assailant dying and then (another?) Death Note dropping. I’ll assume this was some kind of inside “nod” to something that happened in the anime series. But, to the uninitiated, it really makes no sense, and has very little continuity with the story. Are they trying to tell us that Light killed his girlfrined, and one of the benefits is that now he can fuck the pop-star?

Again, overall good movie. Some continuity, transitioning, character development, and clarity issues manifest themselves, but ultimately do not detract from the enjoyment of this flick. I give this 7.5/10 ninja stars.

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I ordered the Incredible Hulk!

Posted by kristobaldude on December 6, 2008

I ordered the Incredible Hulk!

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