Google has a special logo up today on all Google properties for the author who wrote Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea. Jules Verne was born today, February 8th, 183 years ago. Google wanted to wish him a happy birthday and thank him for all the people has inspired going forward. Google said:
Today’s doodle, celebrating Verne’s 183rd birthday, tries to capture that sense of adventure and exploration. Using CSS3 (and with help from our resident tech wizards Marcin Wichary and Kris Hom), the doodle enables anyone to navigate the Nautilus down (nearly) 20,000 leagues with the simple pull of a lever. And for those using devices with built-in accelerometers and the latest versions of Google Chrome or Firefox, it’s even simpler—just tilt your device in the direction you want to explore and the Nautilus will follow.
Google Doodler, Jennifer Hom designed the logo around his famous novel. She then enlisted the help of other Googlers to make it live. If you go to the Google home page, there is a joystick of some kind that let's you operate the Google Submarine!
Here is a video of it in action:
Jules Verne is known by many as the "Father of Science Fiction." Science fiction for many is why we are where we are today in technology, search and computing.
Some are actually complaining the CSS3 is killing their browsers but it works pretty smoothly on Chrome for Mac.