Girl with a Pearl Earring

!>http://www.doxycide.org/gwape/painting_thumb.jpg! Just saw the movie, “Girl with a Pearl Earring”:http://www.doxycide.org/gwape/about.php and while a little obscure, it sure was a beautiful period piece. The painting of course is known as the Mona Lisa of the North and it is pretty amazing. Some interesting facts:

* It all started from Johannes Vermeer (often credited as Jan Vermeer or Johannes van der Meer) in 17th century Delft, Netherlands. Very little is actually known about the Dutch artist, and even fewer his paintings, as it wasn’t until rather recently that he was rediscovered
* “Girl with a Pearl Earring” was painted from 1660 to 1665. It has sparked great wonderment and mystery for the viewer and many questions remain unanswered unto this day.
* It is thought that the girl is Vermeer’s youngest daughter, Maria, but this is debatable as the girl’s age and date of the painting do not fit, and certainly a daughter would not look at her father in such a sensual manner.

The painting at the the “Royal Cabinet of Paintings Mauritshuis”:http://www.mauritshuis.nl/ and they even have an “audio tour”:http://www.mauritshuis.nl/index.aspx?ChapterID=2404&FilterID=988&ContentID=20144 that unfortunately didn’t work for me.

Connie helps cure cervical cancer

Connie’s group is finding that there is a vaccine that can help prevent Cervical Cancer. They found a protein that assembles itself into viral-like particles that targets the virus that causes the cancer.

Technology News: Health : Good Results on Cervical Cancer Vaccine. A good technical explanation.

“MSNBC has Connie on TV”:http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/6463252/. Its a nice study.

“Seattle Times”:http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/197798_vaccine02.html, “California Healthline”:http://www.californiahealthline.org/index.cfm?Action=dspItem&itemID=107160&classcd=CL118, “Philadelphia Enquirer”:http://www.philly.com/mld/inquirer/living/health/10073967.htm?template=contentModules/printstory.jsp&1c, “Associated Press”:http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/national/AP-Cancer-Vaccine.html, “NY Times”:http://query.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=F30F16F835590C718CDDA80994DC404482&incamp=archive:search also covered it.

Another Game…

Another potential game are to have a name on your back and then you have to go find the other person who matches. Kind of a mixer and there is a prize you get if you find your opposite:

* Famous Couples. An entire web site.
* “Famous Movie Couples”:http://www.imdb.com/Couples/. All the folks who are movie star couples. So for instance in the “B”:http://www.imdb.com/Couples/B we have Notorious BIG and Faith Evans if you are hip. Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart if you are not.
* “Valentine Couples”:http://hicards.com/valentine/vcouples.html. Another set of folks who are married. For instance, who knows Winston Churchill’s wife is named Clementine.
* “Famous Love Stories”:http://www.infoplease.com/spot/lovestories1.html. These are the people and their stoires. For instance, you could have a trivia thing about the “Robert and Elizabeth Browning”:http://www.infoplease.com/spot/love7.html story.

Famous People and What They Drink…

We’re having a Holiday Party and I like to invent fun games. Here’s one, match the famous person with what they drink. So, you have folks who have the name of a famous person and match it to what their favorite libation is. Here are some websites to pick from:

* Absintheusa.com. Absinthe was drunk by Oscar Wilde, Edouard Manet, Edgar Degas, Pablo Picasso, Napoleon Bonapart, Ernest Hemingway.
* “Famous Martini Drinkers”:http://www.deepwater.org/specialty/martini.html#famous. Martini by James Bond of course. But also Winston Churchill, Ernest Hemingway, FDR.
* “Famous Dom Perignon Drinkers”:http://www.angelfire.com/hi3/marilynonline/fave.html. Marilyn Monroe.

Evening Bags

Connie wants a “clutch” (no dummy no the car kind, the purse kind). Amazing how hard it is to shop on the Internet for clothes. I tried froogle.com, bizrate.com, etc. “Ebags”:http://ebags.com seems to have the most selection.

Interesting there isn’t a service that directs you even after a bunch of google searches. I finally settled on trolling through various brand names:

* Louis vuitton : luxury shopping, leather luggage, french fashion designer, fashion show.. A really hard site to navigate because they do everything in flash.
* “Coach”:http://coach.com. Connie’s loves these, but they don’t have elegant evening bag things.
* “Prada”:http://prada.com. Just because I’ve heard of the name.