Go to Google’s homepage. Type in the words “Do a barrel roll.” Click Enter.
(Brief pause while you try it. Then please come back.)
Did the Earth move for you? The image in your browser should — well, it should have done a barrel roll. Is it a takeoff on Apple’s iPhones and iPads with their built-in accelerometers — those little gizmos that tell a device when it’s been moved, turned on its side, propped up with one end on top? One blogger suggested Google is invoking Nintendo’s “Star Fox.