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The Best Places to Eat and Drink in Cities around the World

After traveling to more than 40 countries, I decided to put together a list of some of my favorite restaurants and bars, from the various cities I have visited.

These places range from dive bars to hotel bars, and from your local little ramen shop to Michelin star restaurants. Have a browse through my list of favorites and see what you like. Those that know me, know that I never steer one wrong on food.


Amsterdam: Read more »

Gap Minder - A Fact-based Worldview

If you haven't heard of Gap Minder, be sure to check out this very cool online tool. Gap Minder helps you visualize various data sets to better understand the world around you. In their words, "We are a modern “museum” that helps making the world understandable, using the Internet."

How Secure is Your Password?

Do you have a strong password? How strong is it exactly? Check out this cool online tool, which will give you a rough idea of how long it would take to crack your password.

Here is the link: https://howsecureismypassword.net/

jQuery Vector Maps

I've been playing around with jQuery a bit lately, and I thought it would be cool to create a world map to visually show which countries I have been to. I came across jQuery Vector Maps (http://jqvmap.com/). It's well documented and very easy to configure to your liking. With a few lines of code and using their stock World Map, I was able to create a visual map showing all the countries I have visited. See if in action here: http://www.jbellendir.com/about-me/my-travels


Duck Duck Go Search Engine

Recently, some of the big search engine companies, have started removing certain websites they deem inappropriate from their search results...essentially filtering the web. 

Well, I came across a search engine that prides itself in its' user privacy and unfiltered results. It's called duck duck go and you should give it a try. If you are unable to find what you are looking for using google.com, bing.com or yahoo.com (do people still use that for search?), you may want to give duckduckgo.com a try. You may just like it to the point that you start using it as your primary search engine.  Read more »

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