Review: Five Four Club

I like a new set of threads as much as the next guy and with all of the subscription services that have popped up recently, I thought I’d give it a try.  There are many to choose from, but I decided on Five Four Club based on the value to cost proposition.  Their business model is that you receive 2-3 items each month for a flat cost of $60 but an expected minimum value of $120.

Well, I must not be in the target demographic.  Despite completing my profile and choosing classic as my style profile (as opposed to casual or forward), what I received left me speechless.

I received 2 button up shirts.  On the surface, I thought they looked alright.  But on closer inspection, here’s what I discovered.


A navy blue button-down?  Cool!  That’s classic right?  WRONG.


Same shirt.  Banded sleeves?  Slash pockets?  On a button-down shirt?  WTH?  Is this an oxford?  A rugby? A jacket?  Who knows?  You gotta be kidding me.

Second shirt.


Better.  Again, a classic look that I could wear to work or casual.

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Unfortunately, both shirts have this bizarre logo on the front pocket.  I can’t decide if this is a Harry Potter lightning bolt or an unfortunate acronym.  Either way, me no likey.

Now here’s the really bad part of this service.  You can exchange for a different size (and they do pay the shipping both ways), but you cannot return the items or ask for something different.  You get what you get.

Suffice to say that I cancelled my subscription the very day that I received the first shipment.  As I said, I guess I’m not in their target demographic.  Although, I can’t imagine any demographic wearing the button-down, rugby sleeved, slash pocketed, Harry Potter lightning bolt logo’d abberation that I received.  In fact, the customer service rep that I spoke with (who had chosen “forward” on his style profile) received the same item and shared my opinion.

In summary, Five Four Club = EPIC FAIL.

I’m off to Macy’s to do a little shopping.



The Blog – 2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Fresher than ever.

Crunchy numbers


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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 5,600 times in 2010. That’s about 13 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 52 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 190 posts. There were 59 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 31mb. That’s about 1 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was July 7th with 105 views. The most popular post that day was Top 5 Tech for 2009.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were,,,, and

Some visitors came searching, mostly for imac, geocaching, big green egg, braddogs blog, and braddog blog.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


Top 5 Tech for 2009 December 2009


A Happy Big Green Egg October 2008


3,2,1..RIBS! January 2009


Rain Gear for the Big Green Egg November 2008


Take a bow August 2009

iPhone First Impressions

Okay, okay, so I’m a little late to the game and I’m sure that I’m not about to say anything that hasn’t been said.  But I’m gonna say it anyway.  Here are my first impressions after only 48 hrs with my new iPhone.


  • I have an iPod Touch, so there’s not a ton of differences.  However, it’s really cool being connected to the interwebs all the time.  I’ve added apps & music directly from iTunes since I have the connectivity.
  • Running the iPhone with the Bluetooth activated and paired with my handsfree system in my car is nothing different than I was doing with my WinMO phone.  However, the way it automatically stops the Podcast or Playlist from playing when I take the call and then restarts when I hang up is very cool.  I was juggling two devices before.
  • Location Services (GPS).  This brings a lot of new possibilities that I didn’t have with the iTouch due to limited connectivity.


  • BATTERY LIFE! Wow, this thing sure goes through the battery quickly.  Of course, it’s powering the cellular radio, WiFi radio, Bluetooth, doing real time push email etc. all at the same time if you let it.   I’ve turned a few services down to improve this, but I’m still not sure I’ll ever be able to get through the day on a single charge.
  • I discovered a weird situation where if you’re using it as an iPod with a line out cable plugged into an external stereo (like I do in my car) and the phone rings, the call is routed to the line out and plays over the car stereo but the mic doesn’t work on the phone.  So I’ll either have to keep Bluetooth enabled or unplug the line out cable when I receive a call.
  • I can’t delete a single instance of a recurring meeting from the calendar, I can’t schedule a meeting on the calendar and invite other attendees, and I can’t forward an appointment to someone else.  The calendar seems to be the weakest app of the bunch as far as I can tell.

Of course I’ve only had the thing for a couple of days, but these are my initial reactions.  I’ll keep you posted on my impressions as I continue to live with this new device.


Review: Scott eVest Fleece 5.0

Over the past couple of years, I’ve been wearing fleece jackets for quick trips outdoors during the winter and as a fall/spring weight jacket.  Heck, I even wear them around the house in the coldest months instead of a Mr. Rogers cardigan.

So for Christmas this year, my family presented me with what they affectionately refer to as “Geek Fleece”. (Should I be offended?)  The folks at ScotteVest design a line of clothing rife with pockets for everything from your iPhone to extra ammo.  The piece that I received is their Fleece 5.0 and it has 28 pockets in total.  The inside pockets are perfect for my iPod Touch and my long-in-the-tooth Motorola Q.  There are also dedicated pockets for eyeglasses, ID, earbuds, travel documents, and the list goes right on up to 28.

I wore my “Geek Fleece” quite a lot this weekend and found it quite comfortable.  It is a good weight and the black is pretty versatile.  The main inner pockets are see-through and allow you to view what’s playing on your iPod or check your caller ID without removing either device.  I found that I do have to have my glasses handy because at that distance, I can’t focus on the respective screens.  But that’s my issue, not theirs.

On the downside, I’m not a big fan of the reflective pinstripe across the back or on the Napolean pockets.  Also, once you load it down with your stuff, it’s a little heavy.  Not to mention, that with 28 pockets I’m apt to forget where I’ve stashed everything.

Overall, I’m pretty excited about it.  If this doesn’t give you geek cred, I don’t know what will! 🙂