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Google Introduces PAC-Maps, A Playable Pac-Man Version of Google Maps

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Google Maps Pac-Man

Google has introduced PAC-Maps, a playable Pac-Man version of Google Maps where users can play a round of the classic arcade game on the streets of almost anywhere the company has mapped. To launch the game, find the desired location in Google Maps and activate the Pac-Man button located in the bottom left-hand corner of the screen next to the Google Earth button, or select the Pac-Man pin on the map when available.

Google Pac-Man Maps

Google Maps Pac-Man 2

Google Maps Pac-Man 1

images via Google Maps

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‘Chef’s Table’, A New Netflix Series That Goes Into the Kitchens of 6 Different World-Renowned Chefs

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Chef’s Table is a new Netflix series that goes around the world to spotlight the kitchens and the lives of 6 internationally renowned chefs, each of whom share with the camera the trials, tribulations and joys of making their respective restaurants a success.

Each episode focuses on a single chef, featuring Ben Shewry (Attica Restaurant in Melbourne, Australia), Magnus Nilsson (Fäviken in Järpen Sweden), Francis Mallmann (El Restaurante Patagonia Sur in Buenos Aires, Argentina), Niki Nakayama (N/Naka Restaurant in Los Angeles, CA, USA), Dan Barber (Blue Hill Restaurant at Stone Barns and in New York City, USA) and Massimo Bottura (Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy) and their unique look at their lives, talents and passion from their piece of culinary heaven.

Chef’s Table premieres on Sunday, April 26.

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Artist Says He Has Removed the Top Inch of England’s Tallest Mountain for an Art Installation

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Artist Oscar Santillan Removes the Top Inch of England's Tallest Mountain for Art Installation

Ecuadorian artist Oscar Santillan is causing a ruckus in the United Kingdom with Intruder, an art installation consisting of a 1-inch-tall stone. According to Santillan, the stone is the top inch of England’s tallest mountain, Scafell Pike (elevation 3,209 ft). Santillan presents the work as a commentary on humanity’s desire to categorize nature with various superlatives: the largest, the tallest, etc. However critics of the work describe it as vandalism. As Ian Stephens, managing director of Cumbria Tourism, puts it, “This is taking the mickey and we want the top of our mountain back.”

Intruder is on display at To Break a Silence into Smaller Silences, Santillan’s solo exhibition at Copperfield Gallery in London through May 9, 2015. Due to all the media attention, Santillan has posted a statement, which reads in part:

Collecting a pebble at the beach or a strange-looking rock during hiking is a very common sensitive thing people do guided by curiosity.
Earlier this month I had the pleasure of traveling to the Lake district and consequently to Scafell Pike to make my work. The view from the top was truly moving. My intention was to create a work that reflects the way in which humans have imposed their cultural categories over nature: the tallest, the largest, and all kinds of measurements.

No damage, vandalism, chiseling, or inappropriate behaviour towards nature took place in the making of this work. I do empathise with those who are truly concerned with the conservation of the British mountains. Hopefully this controversy becomes an opportunity to bring attention to these important concerns, rather than debating about a one-inch stone.

Artist Oscar Santillan Removes the Top Inch of England's Tallest Mountain for Art Installation

photos via Copperfield Gallery

via Telegraph, Nothing To Do With Arbroath