Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Google Doodle for Jules Verne Celebration

Perhaps you notice today's Google Doodle (if you missed any Google Doodle this year ... you can find all Google logos here). Today we celebrate the 183rd birthday of Jules Verne (February 8, 1828 – March 24, 1905), whose science fiction's works have charmed many days in my childhood. His books from "The Extraordinary Voyages" series: "Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea”, “Around the World in Eighty Days”, “A Journey to the Center of the Earth "From the Earth to the Moon" have been a preamble to any space, air, and underwater travel, and perhaps his ideas laid the foundation for many travel devices as submarines, airplanes and spaceships.

Google Doodle for Jules Verne celebration
Jules Verne, photo courtesy of wikipedia

Google is celebrating the 183th birthday of Jules Verne with a special doodle, inspired by “Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea” one popular book who captivated the minds of millions of people worldwide. It was realized as a tribute to Jules Verne and is fully interactive. If you move the cursor over red lever and pull the lever, you can voyage (perhaps 20000 leagues) with the "submarine" .

On the official Google blog, the Google Doodler Jeniffer Hom explained:
"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."

Captain Nemo's speech from "The man of the seas" chapter,  when talk with passion about his love to the sea, remains one of the most complete descriptions of the globe: 
"Yes; I love it! The sea is everything. It covers seven tenths of the terrestrial globe. Its breath is pure and healthy. It is an immense desert, where man is never lonely, for he feels life stirring on all sides. The sea is only the embodiment of a supernatural and wonderful existence. It is nothing but love and emotion; it is the 'Living Infinite,' as one of your poets has said. In fact, Professor, Nature manifests herself in it by her three kingdoms--mineral, vegetable, and animal. The sea is the vast reservoir of Nature. The globe began with sea, so to speak; and who knows if it will not end with it? In it is supreme tranquility."
You can download free to read on your PC, iPad, Kindle, Sony Reader, iPhone, Android or other portable device, many ebooks published  on Jules Verne section from Gutenberg Project website.
Is time to tilt the lever and see the aquatic life described by Jules Verne in the chapter " A walk on the bottom of the sea" : "Various kinds of isis, clusters of pure tuft coral, prickly fungi, and anemones, formed a brilliant garden of flowers, enameled with porphitae, decked with their collarettes of blue tentacles, sea stars studding the sandy bottom, together with asterophytons like fine lace embroidered by the hands of naiads, whose festoons were waved by the gentle undulations caused by our walk. It was a real grief to me to crush under my feet the brilliant specimens of mollusks which strewed the ground by thousands, of hammerheads, donaciae (veritable bounding shells), of staircases, and red helmet shells, angel wings, and many others produced by this inexhaustible ocean. But we were bound to walk, so we went on, while above our heads waved shoals of physalides leaving their tentacles to float in their train, medusae whose umbrellas of opal or rose pink, escalloped with a band of blue, sheltered us from the rays of the sun and fiery pelagiae, which, in the darkness, would have strewn our path with phosphorescent light."

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