Mac OS Human Interface Guidelines and the Web

But the features from the best programs were seldom if ever present in others— each program tackled interface problems in pretty much its own way. A keyboard combination that saved a file in one program might delete a word in another. You couldn't even quit a program in a standard way. Every time a user purchased a new program, he or she had to scale a fresh learning curve.

— Levy, Steven (2012-01-16). Insanely Great: The Life and Times of Macintosh, the Computer that changed Everything (p. 134). Kindle Edition. 

This quote is describing the state of application UI on the Apple II. It strikes me that this is very similar to the current state of UI on the Web. Later, Apple rereleased the Macintosh and the Human Interface Guidelines to describe the common interface elements that all Mac applications would share.

I wonder if a similar consolidation of common UI elements will happen for the Web. There are various frameworks or boilerplates that provide this, but nothing that is truly common. For this to happen, I think browsers will need to include more common UI elements beyond what is currently available in HTML & the DOM. If I had to bet, I'd put my money on Chrome heading in this direction.

White House Eggnog

The story is that this is the eggnog prepared for President and Mrs. Clinton while they were in the White House.

I'm drinking some now and it is too good not to share.

  • 5 egg yolks
  • 5 egg whites
  • 1 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup bourbon
  • 3/4 cup cognac/brandy
  • 3/4 cup dark rum
  • 1 quart milk (up to 1 1/2 quart -- to taste)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 pint heavy cream
  • 2 dashes nutmeg
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract

Combine yolks and sugar in bowl and beat to ribbon stage.

Add bourbon, congnac and rum to yolk mixture -- Set aside

Whip egg whites and salt to stiff peak

Whip cream to medium peaks

Fold whipped egg whites and cream together

Combine egg whites/cream mixture with yolk-liquor mixture

Add milk and stir well

Add nutmeg and vanilla

Store and serve very cold - blend well before serving.

Merry Christmas and enjoy!