Showing posts from August, 2013

Get Famous As An Artist-Paint Putin In Lingerie And Your Art Will Be Confiscated

EEEEW. Yuck. The works of Russian artist Konstantin Altunin have been seized recently due to their subject matter. I have always been against censorship in the arts. I had to go to bat for many feminist artists in the 1970s when their work was censored. Judith Bernstein's 60 foot phallic screws with hairy growths were especially problematic--due to censorship issues and the huge size of her works. However, at least the works I was trying to protect were good.. Maybe it is my taste and lack of understanding of Russian artistic styles, but I think these censored works are not very good. Why didn't he paint the Russian leaders using pinks and purples?

Police in Russia have seized a painting depicting the country's president Vladimir Putin in women's underwear from an art gallery in St Petersburg.The portrait features President Putin combing the hair of Russian Prime Minister, Dmitry Medvedev.Its artist, Konstantin Altunin, has since left the country to seek asylum in…

My Cousin Is Me: Why We All Are Looking For Our Ancestors Today

By Nancy Vicknair
August 1, 2013
Turlock, CA, USA
Nancy Vicknair is a researcher and arts publicist who dabbles in genealogy from time to time when her cats are not begging for food. You can find her on her blog or in her bed. Email her with questions to nancydesk at

Before spending money try uploading your Ancestry raw DNA to GedMatch. As for the tests, Ancestry and FTDNA use the exact same array/ test kit; 23 and Me uses a different one by the same mfr but uses the same locations for the genealogy. I have a 40 plus year background in genetics and do not think DIY medical genetics testing is a good idea at the level of (mis)understanding most testees have of any genetics testing. This is part of why I like Ancestry's cut to the chase approach. Besides accessible trees, Ancestry's database is now twice that of FTDNA; I do like FTDNA for Y or mt testing. But, if you are a…