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The Ten Songs Below Were Composed By Dennis (piano) - And Performed With Some Friends.

The Performances Were A Lot Of Fun To Do.

Hope You Enjoy The Music!! :)

Dennis and Joanne

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SONG TITLES AND YOUTUBE VIDEO LINKS:
(Link To The PlayList Of All Songs Is HERE.)


01. "MUSIC BOX DANCER" (03:22)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BU-nAPHdHI4
http://j.mp/drb-Song01

02. "JUST OUT WALKING" (02:27)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MNIDB-94jxc
http://j.mp/drb-Song02

03. "MAKE IT LAST AWHILE" (03:16)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6K3nersxgCc
http://j.mp/drb-Song03

04. "DOROTHY BOOGIE" (05:02)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kKOw2iqd234
http://j.mp/drb-Song04

05. "WET GRASS" (03:06)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OR7PpRY4arE
http://j.mp/drb-Song05

06. "WESTERN RAG" (02:13)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yj8DzRONjas
http://j.mp/drb-Song06

07. "DREAMING" (02:18)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AmfwW-UURyU
http://j.mp/drb-Song07

08. "COMING HOME" (02:28)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-mRxkzIUNBw
http://j.mp/drb-Song08

09. "BEAUTIFUL SPANIARD" (02:02)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vmMBVUtbkfs
http://j.mp/drb-Song09

10. "TANG" (02:54)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QwtMQpw4qHs
http://j.mp/drb-Song10

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MY PRESENT THINKING ABOUT LIFE, ORIGINS AND RELATED.
(last update: 01/21/2013)
Also, See My Related Publication In The New York Times (12/02/2012).
(http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/02/magazine/can-a-jellyfish-unlock-the-secret-of-immortality.html?comments#permid=105)

01. Life, At Its Most Basic Level, Is A Chemical That Can Reproduce Itself (http://j.mp/Wiki-LifeDef) (http://j.mp/WikiTalk4-Life).

02. The Starting Materials Related To Reproducible Chemicals Seem To Be *Everywhere* In The Universe (http://j.mp/DrB-LJNote) (http://j.mp/CosmicDust) (http://www.facebook.com/drbogdan/posts/183900378359056).

03. Some Of These Materials May Begin Reproducing (Naturally? Spontaneously?) And Settle Wherever Possible In The Universe (http://j.mp/Panspermia).

04. On Planet Earth At Least, All Known Life-Forms Came From *One Single* Ancestor About 3.5 Billion Years Ago (http://j.mp/NGS-1stLife) (http://j.mp/Nature-1stLife) (http://j.mp/Wiki-1stLife) (http://j.mp/Wiki-FirstLife) (http://j.mp/Wiki-FirstLife2) (http://www.facebook.com/drbogdan/posts/197686696936658)

05. All Known Life-Forms Are The *Very Same* Reproducible Chemical, With Astronomical Variation (http://j.mp/Abiogenesis).

06. The "Purpose Of Life" Is The Same For *All* Life-Forms: To Transfer Genetic Information Into The "Next Generation."

07. All Life-Forms May Have "Intelligence" (http://j.mp/Wiki-IQ), A Possible Measure Of Cleverness In Successfully Adapting To A Host Environment, But To Varying Degrees (And In Varying Forms?).

08. There May Be Many Technically Clever Life-Forms In The Universe - Many Such Life-Forms May Be Present In The Universe At The Moment - Or - In Times Past - But Since Space Is So Widespread And Time Is So Wideranging - Such Technically Clever Life-Forms May Not Ever Know Of Each Other.

09. Overall - Life-Forms Are "Star Stuff" Emerging From The Midst Of Time And Space At The Very Beginning - And Then - A Return At The Very End?


Also, See --
http://drbogdan.livejournal.com/5861.html
http://drbogdan.livejournal.com/11144.html
http://www.facebook.com/notes/dennis-bogdan/science-life-origins-and-human-space-adventures/74260331257
http://home.comcast.net/~drbogdan/publications.html

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MY PRESENT THINKING ABOUT HUMAN SPACE ADVENTURES.
(last update: 10/20/2012)
[NOTE: Some of my comments have been published earlier in the New York Times and elsewhere: ( 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 )].

Eventually, human astronauts may travel to the planet Mars but traveling much further, especially to the stars, may not be possible. The stars are simply too far away. (According to my calculations, a space ship traveling 60,000 mph, considerably faster than any human endeavor at the moment, would take about 50,000 years to reach the nearest star (Proxima Centauri) beyond our solar system.) ( 5, 6, 7 ). (Note: Use of a workable nuclear-powered propulsion system, similar perhaps to those considered in the Orion Project, might make the interstellar journey somewhat shorter of course.)

Interestingly, there seems to be many more stars in the known universe than there are grains of sand on the planet Earth ( 8, 16, 18 ). Nonetheless, it doesn't seem like the USS Enterprise (and Spock) will be making any real journeys between the stars any time soon!

Also interesting, other life-forms may already exist on worlds far beyond the Earth. I tend to agree with Stephen Hawking who noted in a recent speech (video/24:56) at GWU (one of my alma maters) that primitive life-forms are likely to be "very common" in the universe ( 17 ). My own related notions have been published in the New York Times and elsewhere: ( 9, 10, 11 ).

Incidentally, visionary auteur Werner Herzog made a film, "The Wild Blue Yonder (2005)" about visitors from Andromeda Galaxy, a group of (seemingly) densely-packed stars very similar to our own Milky Way Galaxy, coming to Earth to establish a new home - one of the first things the visitors tried to do was build ... a Shopping Mall! The Mall didn't catch on and the visitors were stranded. Oh well ... so much for such romantic notions?

Also - "SpaceShip" Planet Earth is moving *Very, Very Fast* - nearly 2 Million Miles Per Hour in fact! -> [Daily rotation (1,000 mph) + Revolution around the Sun (66,000 mph) + Revolution around Our (Milky Way) Galaxy's Center (483,000 mph) + Our Galaxy's motion in Deep Outer Space (1.3 Million mph), apparently toward Andromeda Galaxy ( 16 )]

Finally of possible interest - "COSMOS" (Classic PBS-TV Series by Carl Sagan) may now be on YouTube ( 12 ) and Google Video ( 13 ). The related "UNIVERSE" (PBS-TV Series by Stephen Hawking) may also be on Youtube ( 14 ) and Google Video ( 15 ). "THE UNIVERSE" (History-TV Series) (List of Episodes) is worthy as well..

PS --
UPDATE (06/11/2009):
Published a related Comment (New York Times - "Found In Transit," Comment 20 - June 11, 2009) to a science news article (written by Dr. Oliver Morton, a well-known science writer). The actual published Comment is as follows:

"Excellent Essay about a fascinating subject.

Since there may be more stars than there are grains of sand on planet earth (http://tinyurl.com/drb-stars) and since some of the relatively few stars studied so far seem to be associated with exo-planets of one sort or another, it seems reasonable to me (at least at the moment) that a certain number of stars may be associated with earth-like exo-planets in fact - of these [earth-like exo-planets], a certain number may even occupy a “habitable zone” and support life-forms of some sort - of these, a certain number may even contain clever life-forms, much like ourselves, perhaps. A possibility - very, very remote perhaps - but a possibility nonetheless.

That said –

Actually “connecting-up” with such life-forms, if any, might be quite a challenge - after all, the distances between worlds is really, really enormous. According to my calculations (http://tinyurl.com/drb-calc), a space ship traveling 60,000 mph, considerably faster than any human endeavor at the moment, would take about 50,000 years to reach the nearest star beyond our solar system. [Note: A Project Orion-type propulsion system (http://tinyurl.com/drb-orion) might make the interstellar journey somewhat shorter - but considerable journey times might be expected to be involved in any regards.]

All in all, a quixote [quixotic] quest of sorts?

Dr. Dennis Bogdan, Pittsburgh, PA
http://drbogdan.livejournal.com"

- Actual Publication By Dr. Dennis Bogdan.

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UPDATE (09/26/2010):
(One Of My Comments To One Of My Recent FaceBook Posts.)

“The Quantum World Of The Very, Very Small And The Relativistic World Of The Very, Very Large Seem Very, Very Odd By Human Standards - Guess We're Most Comfortible In Our Familiar "Human-Friendly Layer" (less then a few miles up or down our host planet's surface; not too large or small in human terms) - By Universe Standards, We May Be Entirely Engulfed On All Fronts (above too high or too large, below too low or too small) - Except For The Slenderest Of Comfort Zones, We Seem Totally Immersed In A Universe That Seems "Curiouser And Curiouser" The More We Know - Or Think We Know.”

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SUMMARY
My Professional Background Includes Publishing Medical Research Studies, Directing Hospital Laboratories And Lecturing University Students. Also, I Have Headed Science Fairs And Have Been Associated With, For A Brief Time, The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra And The Pittsburgh Ballet Theater.

Bogdan, D. P.:
Master Editor and Author:

(Includes Wikipedia/MyBio, Citizendium/MyBio, LiveJournal/MyLJ/MyBio, MyFaceBookPosts.)

  • Wikipedia Award (09/13/2010) (1, 2), Re: Article On "The Grand Design" By Dr. Stephen Hawking.


    Bogdan, D. P.:
    My Recent Newspaper Publications:


    My "Significant" Comments - New York Times
  • LIFE THRIVES THROUGHOUT UNIVERSE?
    Comment (11/28/2012), ("Immortal Jellyfish") [Science/Nathaniel Rich], NYTimes.*
  • LIFE CAN THRIVE WITHOUT WATER?
    Comment (06/04/2008), ("Weird Sisters") [Science/Dr. Olivia Judson], NYTimes.*
  • UNIVERSE *PULLS* LIFE TO COMPLEXITY?
    Comment (03/23/2013), ("Early Universe") [Science/Dennis Overbye], NYTimes.*
  • TRAVEL TO STARS IS A QUIXOTIC QUEST?
    Comment (06/11/2009), ("Exo-Planets") [Science/Dr. Oliver Morton], NYTimes.*
  • SPACE TRAVEL IS HARMFUL TO HEALTH?
    Comment (02/12/2014), ("Beings Not For Mars") [Science/Dr. Kevin Fong], Wired Magazine.*
  • HUMANS ARE BEST IN THE UNIVERSE?
    Comment (06/17/2008), ("Darwinmania") [Science/Dr. Olivia Judson], NYTimes.*
  • HUMANKIND'S "PROGRESS"
    Letter To The Editor (12/08/2008), [Re: OpEd], [Dimitri Vassilaros], Pgh Trib-Review.*
  • MORE VALUABLE THAN MONEY?
    Comment (04/26/2013), ("1 Percent's Solution") [OpEd/Dr. Paul Krugman], NYTimes.*
  • WIKIPEDIA IS A LOT OF FUN TO EDIT.
    Comment (03/29/2013), ("Wikipedia Director") [Media/Amy Chozick], NYTimes.*

    My Other Comments
  • Comment (03/20/2016), ("Best Quality Adult Erotic Films?") [OpEd/Peggy Orenstein], NYTimes.*
  • Comment (06/04/2015), ("Less Internet Surveillance?") [OpEd/Edward Snowden], NYTimes.*
  • Comment (01/27/2015), ("Life on Moons Possible") [Science/Marcus Woo], Wired Magazine.
  • Post 1+2 (11/12/2014), ("First Comet Landing") [Science/Kenneth Chang], NYTimes.*
  • Comment (09/18/2014), ("FDA & Testosterone") [Health/Sabrina Tavernise], NYTimes.*
  • Comment (07/08/2014), ("Silicon Valley Futurists") [OpEd/Maureen Dowd], NYTimes.*
  • Comment (04/10/2014), ("Major Internet Flaw") [Tech/Farhad Manjoo], NYTimes.
  • Comment (04/09/2014), ("Major Internet Flaw") [Tech/Robert McMillan], Wired Magazine.
  • Comment (03/07/2014), ("FDR & Minimum Wage") [OpEd/Teresa Tritch], NYTimes.
  • Comment (02/09/2014), ("Earth Viewed From Mars") [Science/Andrew Revkin], NYTimes.
  • Comment (01/27/2014), ("Beings Not Made For Space") [Science/Kenneth Chang], NYTimes.
  • Comment (11/19/2013), ("Are We Alone In The Universe?") [OpEd/Dr. Paul Davies], NYTimes.*
  • 1+2+3+4 (10/25/2013), ("Wikipedia Challenges") [Editor/Tom Simonite], MIT TechReview.*
  • Comment (10/14/2013), ("Politics: The Party of Gimme") [OpEd/David Firestone], NYTimes.*
  • Comment (10/06/2013), ("Film: 'Gravity' - A Sense of Space Travel?") ["Culture"], Wired Magazine.
  • Post 1+2 (10/03/2013), ("Planetary Protection: Mars Microbes") ["Science"], Wired Magazine.*
  • Comment (08/09/2013), ("Review: Atlas Shrugged - Big Sister Is Watching You"), National Review.
  • Comment (07/19/2013), ("Mars Rover - Past Conditions Habitable") ["Science"], Wired Magazine.
  • Comment (05/22/2013), ("Mars Curiosity Rover - Discoveries") ["Science"], Wired Magazine.*
  • Comment (03/23/2013), ("New Early Universe Picture") ["Science"], Wired Magazine.*
  • Comment (02/22/2013), ("Asteroids (& Global Warming)") ["Science"], Wired Magazine.*
  • Post 1+2 (02/03/2013), ("Great Sci-Fi Film Costs Little") ["Design"], Wired Magazine.*
  • Comment (01/25/2013), ("Humans May Soon Be Living on Mars?") ["Science"], NBC-News.*
  • Comment (01/03/2013), ("NASA Research Secrets?") ["NASA Archives"], NASA Watch.
  • Comment (12/17/2012), ("Is 'Reality' Real - Or Unreal?") ["Science"], NBC-News.
  • Comment (12/12/2012), ("Origin Of Life Needs A Rethink?") ["Science"], NBC-News.
  • Comment (11/26/2012), ("Curiosity Rover on Planet Mars") ["Space"], Wired Magazine.
  • Comment (11/18/2012), ("Odd Little Creature That Eats DNA") ["Science"], NBC-News.
  • Comment (07/28/2012), ("Books That Inspired Modern Spy Films") ["Books"], Wired Magazine.
  • Comment (08/12/2011), ("Modern Computer Turns 30") ["Gadgets"], Wired Magazine.
  • 1+2+3+4 (08/03/2011), ("Universe From Chaos") [Science/Dr. Sean Carroll], Discover Magazine.*
  • Comment (08/02/2011), ("Hawking and God") [Science/Dr. Sean Carroll], Discover Magazine.*
  • Comment (07/17/2010), ("Cerebral Sci-Fi Films - Thoughtful") ["Sci-Fi Films"], Wired Magazine.
  • Comment (05/28/2010), ("Creating New Life-Forms") [Science/Dr. Olivia Judson], NYTimes.*
  • Comment (11/20/2009), ("Favorite Sci-Fi Films - Pre–Star Wars") ["Sci-Fi Films"], Wired Magazine.
  • Comment (09/09/2009), ("Creation Of Darwin") [Science/Dr. Olivia Judson], NYTimes.
  • Comment (04/14/2009), ("Boldly Going Nowhere") [Science/Dr. Seth Shostak], NYTimes.*
  • Post 1+2 (03/20/2009), ("FaceBook Users' Verdict On Redesign") ["FaceBook Design"], CBS-News.
  • Comment (01/22/2009), ("Top Five Most Extreme ExoPlanets") ["Space Science"], Wired Magazine.*
  • Comment (01/13/2009), ("Ascent Of Money") ["Money/Resources"/PBS-TV], PBS-News.
  • Comment (11/19/2008), ("Reborn Picture Spawns Editorial") ["Moon View"/NYTimes], NASA.
  • Comment (05/20/2008), ("Enter, The Cybrids") [Science/Dr. Olivia Judson], NYTimes.

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    To All,

    Seems Methane Gas, Reported Earlier, Has Now Been Confirmed On The Planet Mars By NASA Scientists.

    The Source Of The Methane Gas May Be From Life-Forms Living On Mars (Either "Methane-Producing" Life-Forms And/Or "Methane-Consuming" Life-Forms) *OR* From Some Unknown (And Perhaps Unfamiliar) Rock-related Process According To NASA Scientists Announcing The Discovery Today (01/15/2009).

    A Video Overview Of The NASA Discovery Is Below.

    (Full-Screen and Regular-Screen)

    A Video Summary Of The Actual NASA Findings Is Below.

    (Full-Screen and Regular-Screen)

    Related Links:
    New York Times (01/15/2009).
    Wikipedia (Life On Mars).

    Enjoy,
    Dennis

    UPDATE (02/16/2009):
    According to a recent BBC news story, scientists have determined that there may be Billions of Earth-like Planets with simple life-forms, and Thousands with intelligent life-forms (and civilizations), in our own Galaxy alone. However, none of these Earth-like Planets are likely to be within actual Human reach since they are all much too far away - according to my calculations, a space ship traveling 60,000 mph, considerably faster than presently possible, would take nearly 50,000 years to travel to the nearest star - with no known place to land!

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    To All.

    If interested –

    Seems that our very modest Letter To The Editor about "Progress" has been Published in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Newspaper after all. (See copy below.) (The Letter is also noted online on our Publications WebPage.)
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    Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
    Monday, December 8, 2008

    HUMANKIND'S "PROGRESS"

    “I greatly enjoyed Dimitri Vassilaros' column 'Shop till you drop' (Nov. 28 and PghTrib.com), which suggested that ‘wanting more’ encourages ‘progress.’

    “Yes, but ...

    “Apparently, for about 6 million years, mankind was confined to a relatively small area (northeastern Africa) of planet Earth. About 50,000 years ago, mankind seems to have wandered to other areas -- mostly to places that are colder. Mankind was able to survive these colder, less-hospitable climates by being clever -- it would seem.

    “Currently mankind is planning, by again being clever, to wander out from Earth to the Moon, Mars and beyond -- mostly to places that are even more cold and even less hospitable.

    “But is this march into the cold and the inhospitable ‘progress?’ Has ‘wanting more’ duped mankind into a colder, less-hospitable future? Are humans bright or are humans just naturally not very bright after all -- at least in terms of the overall scheme of nature and the universe?”

    Dr. Dennis Bogdan

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    Actual Publication By Dr. Dennis Bogdan.

    Enjoy,
    Dennis

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    To All,

    Truly Awesome! - The First-Ever PICTURE of a Planet outside of our own Solar System has now been taken. The newly-viewed Planet (scientifically, an "ExtraSolar Planet" or, more simply, an "ExoPlanet") is named Fomalhaut b and the ExoPlanet's PICTURE was taken using the Hubble Space Telescope (HST).

    For more details, read an Overview of the accomplishment, as well as an Abstract of the original Science Report and Supporting Materials.

    The actual PICTURE of the newly-viewed ExoPlanet can be viewed HERE and an excellent Video Presentation of the accomplishment can be viewed below.

    (Full-Screen and Regular-Screen)

    Enjoy,
    Dennis

    UPDATE (12/11/2008):
    Pictures of other ExoPlanets have now been reported. Chemicals important to life, including water, have been detected on ExoPlanets. The latest details about ExoPlanets can be found on The Extrasolar Planets Encyclopedia WebSite as well as the official (and impressive) NASA ExoPlanet WebSite.

    UPDATE (01/22/2009):
    Published a Comment related to a recent ExoPlanet News Article.

    UPDATE (02/16/2009):
    According to a recent BBC news story, scientists have determined that there may be Billions of Earth-like Planets with simple life-forms, and Thousands with intelligent life-forms (and civilizations), in our own Galaxy alone. However, none of these Earth-like Planets are likely to be within actual Human reach since they are all much too far away - according to my calculations, a space ship traveling 60,000 mph, considerably faster than presently possible, would take nearly 50,000 years to travel to the nearest star - with no known place to land!

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    To All,

    If interested --

    An *Inexpensive*, Truly-All-World, All-Region, Universal DVD Player That Plays Nearly *ANY* Major Movie and Music DVD Disc, CD Disc and Computer File On The Planet May Now Be Available.

    The Player (PHILIPS MODEL DVP5990/37) costs only about $60 from local Wal-Mart and Best Buy Stores and seems capable of Playing Movie DVDs from *ANY* Country (and not just the Region 1 DVDs for the USA) as well as PAL-Movie DVDs (and not just the NTSC-Movie DVDs made for the USA).

    The Player *UP-CONVERTS* a Standard DVD Movie to a "HIGHER-DEFINITION" Video Quality. (Note: The Player does *NOT* Up-Convert a Standard DVD Movie to the highest High-Definition Video Quality of a BluRay [or HD] DVD Movie.)

    Computer Movie Files (AVI, MPG, MP4, WMV, DivX, DivX Ultra), Music Files (MP3, WMA) and Still-Picture Files (JPG), from DVD Discs, CD Discs or USB Memory Devices (including Digital Cameras and Flash Drives) can also be easily played with this Player.

    Features of the Player may be easily improved with Free FirmWare Upgrades from the manufacturer and/or elsewhere (1,2,3,4,5,6) if you like. Please follow the manufacturer's Firmware Upgrade Procedure *exactly* as described. If interested, an Excellent FAQ about Player Modifications is HERE. (Note: Modifying a manufacturer's original equipment is always at the user's own risk of course - if necessary, there seems to be Procedures [1,2] to revive an unresponsive Player.)

    Several other Similar Players seem to be available (1,2). However, other Players seem less capable and/or pricier than the PHILIPS MODEL DVP5990/37 Player (amazon).

    Enjoy,
    Dennis

    UPDATE (01/24/2009):
    Similar, but Less Expensive (about $40), PHILIPS DVD PLAYERS, like MODEL DVP3962/37 (FirmWare:1,2) and MODEL DVP3140/37, are also available. These Players may lack certain abilities (like WMV-FilePlay, USB-Input) that might not be missed by many.

    UPDATE (01/31/2010):
    At The Moment, BRAND NEW Philips DVP5990 Players ($59.99/List Price) Seem To Be Available OnLine At Many WebSites Including The Following: AMAZON-1 + AMAZON-2 + BESTBUY + BUY + CDW + DELL + EBAY + J&R + NEWEGG + PHILIPS + WORLD-IMPORT.
    [NOTE: There May Be (Less Expensive?) REFURBISHED Philips DVP5990 Players Available OnLine As Well.]

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    To All,

    If Interested --

    My Present Choices For The World's All-Time Best Films (Also Posted Elsewhere On The Internet) Include The Following:

    * 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY (1968,US). (Interpretations).
    * ALEXANDER NEVKSY (1938,RU).
    * AMADEUS (1984,US).
    * CASABLANCA (1942,US).
    * CITIZEN KANE (1941,US).
    * GREED (1924,US).
    * METROPOLIS (1927,GE).
    * POTEMKIN (1925,RU).
    * RULES OF THE GAME, THE (1939,FR).
    * WIZARD OF OZ, THE (1939,US).

    Runners-Up Choices Include The Following:

    * BAND WAGON, THE (1953,US).
    * BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES, THE (1946,US).
    * BICYCLE THIEF, THE (1949,IT).
    * BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN, THE (1935,US).
    * BRIEF ENCOUNTER (1947,UK).
    * CHILDREN OF PARADISE (1944,FR).
    * GENERAL, THE (1927,US).
    * GONE WITH THE WIND (1939,US).
    * LADY VANISHES, THE (1938,UK).
    * MALTESE FALCON, THE (1941,US).
    * NAPOLEON (1927,FR).
    * REBECCA (1940,US).
    * SINGIN' IN THE RAIN (1952,US).
    * STAGECOACH (1939,US).
    * STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN (1946,UK).
    * THIEF OF BAGDAD, THE (1940,UK).
    * THIRD MAN, THE (1949,UK).
    * ZAZEL (1997,US,X-Rated). [HomePage; My Review].

    Also, The Totally Awesome FELLINI FILMS:

    * VOICE OF THE MOON, THE (1990,IT).
    * INTERVISTA (1987,IT).
    * GINGER AND FRED (1986,IT).
    * AND THE SHIP SAILS ON (1983,IT).
    * CITY OF WOMEN (1980,IT).
    * ORCHESTRA REHEARSAL (1978,IT).
    * CASANOVA (1976,IT).
    * AMARCORD (1973,IT).
    * ROMA (1972,IT).
    * CLOWNS, THE (1971,IT).
    * SATYRICON (1969,IT).
    * SPIRITS OF THE DEAD (1968,IT).
    * JULIET OF THE SPIRITS (1965,IT).
    * 8 1/2 (1963,IT).
    * BOCCACCIO '70 (1962,IT).
    * LA DOLCE VITA (1960,IT).
    * NIGHTS OF CABIRIA (1957,IT).
    * IL BIDONE (1955,IT).
    * LA STRADA (1954,IT).
    * I VITELLONI (1953,IT).
    * LOVE IN THE CITY (1953,IT).
    * WHITE SHEIK, THE (1952,IT).
    * VARIETY LIGHTS (1950,IT).

    Enjoy,
    Dennis

    PS --

    Incidently --

    CRITERION (Manufacturer Of *Very* High-Quality DVDs) HAS NOW BEGUN RELEASING BLU-RAY DVD VERSIONS OF ITS HIGHLY-REGARDED FILM COLLECTION.
    Click Here For A List Of The First Films Released.Collapse )

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    NEW!

    The Mars Lander Phoenix Has Confirmed The Presence Of WATER On The Planet Mars Accordiung To A Recent NASA Report (07/31/2008) .

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    Dennis

    PS --
    UPDATE (12/30/2008):
    Recent Evidences To Date (12/30/2008) That Confirms The Presence Of Water On The Planet Mars - Especially In The Planet's Past - Is Summarized HERE.

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    An impressive TV Documentary, "AfterMath: Population Zero (2008)," was recently broadcast on the National Geographic Channel. The TV Documentary considered hypothetically (and in some seemingly responsible detail) what might happen if *all* Humans suddenly disappeared from Planet Earth. Such a consideration (according to the Program) may help explain the influence Humans are now having on the Planet. Apparently, nature may not take very long to erase every trace of Humanity from the Planet. In fact, the very last remains of Humanity may not be found on Planet Earth at all - but may be found on the Moon (in the form of Apollo Space Program "left-overs") instead!

    VIDEO: PROGRAM PREVIEW.

    (Full-Screen and Regular-Screen)

    LINKS:
    - AfterMath: Population Zero (HomePage).
    - National Geographic Channel (HomePage) .

    Enjoy,
    Dennis

    PS --
    Incidently, a Classic (and somewhat related) Science-Fiction film, "The Quiet Earth (1985,NZ)," tells the intriguing story of a Scientist who suddenly finds himself alone after other Humans have mysteriously disappeared from the planet.

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    A Classic Film, "The Day The Earth Stood Still (1951,US)," has now been remade and the NEW 2008 Film Version has now (12/12/2008) been released to Theaters. To mark the occasion of the New Film's Theater Release, the New Film has been Broadcast To The Stars. In any case, we greatly enjoyed the New 2008 Film Version and think the Film's a Worthwhile View - although with some reservation.

    Oh yes, remember "Klaatu Barada Nikto?"

    (Full-Screen)

    LINKS:
    - Wikipedia: (1951 Version and 2008 Version).
    - Movie DataBase (IMDB): (1951 Version and 2008 Version).
    - Trailers: (1951 Version / Full-Screen and 2008 Version / OfficialSite).
    - ORIGINAL FILM (1951): (YouTube/10-Parts + YouTube and Google).
    - ORIGINAL MUSIC (1951): (Full-Screen and Regular-Screen).
    - ORIGINAL STORY (1940): ("Farewell To The Master" by Harry Bates).
    - Tribute Sites (joannebogdan): (HomePage and LiveJournal).

    Enjoy,
    Dennis

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    If interested --

    Lists of the World's All-Time Greatest Books (many *FREE* on the Internet) are at the following:

    The Harvard Classics (Wikipedia):
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harvard_Classics

    Great Books Of The Western World (Wikipedia):
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Books_of_the_Western_World

    Great Books Curriculum (Wikipedia):
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Books

    Western Canon (Wikipedia):
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Western_canon

    Great Books Reading List (St. John's College):
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._John's_College,_U.S.#The_Great_Books

    Great Books (GB Index):
    http://books.mirror.org/gb.titles.html

    Greatest Books (Gutenberg):
    http://gutenberg.net.au/greatest-books-a.html

    Greatest Novels (Modern Library):
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Modern_Library_100_Best_Novels

    Greatest Novels (The 100 Best):
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/All-Time_100_Greatest_Novels

    Greatest Books (elorin):
    http://elorin.livejournal.com/221576.html

    Greatest Books (luvbight):
    http://luvbight.livejournal.com/25656.html

    *FREE* Online World's Best Books - TEXT:
    http://bartleby.com

    *FREE* Online World's Best Books - AUDIO:
    http://libravox.org

    *FREE* World-Class VIDEO and AUDIO Lectures:
    http://drbogdan.livejournal.com/6463.html

    Incidently, Click "Introducing Books During The Dark Ages" For A Humorous Video Clip.

    Enjoy,
    Dennis

    UPDATE (11/16/2008):
    Many, many more Books may be available soon on the Internet: reportedly, Google will now be digitizing "Out-Of-Print" Books. Project Gutenberg has already digitized many "Out-Of-Copyright" Books and the resulting E-Books are now Freely Available on the Internet. Related Links include: EBooks, E-Reading, Europe's Digital Library, FictionWise, Gutenberg.Org, and the *very impressive* US Library of Congress.

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    The Phoenix Spacecraft (launched August 4, 2007) landed successfully on the Planet Mars (May 25, 2008).


    VIDEO: Phoenix Mars Landing (Full-Screen).

    Details of the Phoenix Mars Landing (and more) can be found on the following Links:

    LINKS - NASA Phoenix Mars Lander:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phoenix_spacecraft
    http://phoenix.lpl.arizona.edu/
    http://www.nasa.gov/phoenix
    http://jpl.nasa.gov/news/phoenix/main.php
    http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/missions/present/phoenix.html
    http://marsrovers.jpl.nasa.gov/home/index.html
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google_Mars#Google_Mars
    http://mars.google.com
    http://drbogdan.livejournal.com/#item7468
    http://drbogdan.livejournal.com/7468.html

    VIDEO - NASA Phoenix Mars Landing and Mission:
    Phoenix Landing (Full-Screen).
    http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/videos/phoenix/phx20080327/
    http://www.deepanjannag.com/2007/07/phoenix-mars-mission.html

    VIDEO - NASA-TV And Related:
    http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/index.html
    http://drbogdan.livejournal.com/#item3690
    http://drbogdan.livejournal.com/3690.html

    Enjoy,
    Dennis

    PS --
    REAL SCIENCE FACTS:
    Please note (as earlier) the following for some perspective on our present Space Ship adventures:

    A Space Ship Traveling 60,000 mph (faster than any known real Space Ship at present, including the fastest ever, Voyager I, presently being "sling-shot" out of the solar system at 38,400 mph as of May, 2008) Would Take About 47,167 Years (my calculations) To Reach The Nearest Star, Proxima Centauri, 4.22 light-years away. Please understand that the calculated trip time is for a *one-way* adventure - and also - there's *no known place to land* once there! Proxima Centauri, 4.22 light-years away, seems to be the nearest Star (besides the Sun, 8.32 light-minutes away) to Planet Earth.

    Interestingly, there seems to be many more stars in the known universe than there are grains of sand on the Planet Earth according to several responsible calculations. Nonetheless, it doesn't seem like the USS Enterprise (and Spock) will be making any real journeys between the stars any time soon!

    UPDATE (01/22/2009):
    Published some of the above as a Comment regarding a recent Space News Article.

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    VIDEO: NASA'S PLAN FOR FINDING ALIEN LIFE-FORMS. (03:18)
    http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/videos/phoenix/phx20070724/phx-20070723-480cc.swf

    To me, at the moment, finding a fossilized alien microbe (or related) would be a much better way of proving the existence of alien life-forms than finding a living alien microbe. After all, living microbes, alien or not, could always be considered the result of some kind of contamination, even if highly unlikely. Digging up a fossilized microbe on some alien world, especially if found deep underground, would be much less likely to be the result of some kind of contamination in my view.

    The unequivocal finding on an alien world of a living microbe embedded deep underground, like the archae life-forms that seem to make up a substantial amount of the total living matter found on Planet Earth, would also go far in minimizing the issue of contamination I would think.

    Interestingly, some known hardy microbes (1, 2, 3, 4) found on Earth may be well suited for surviving a variety of challenging conditions that may be found on alien worlds, as well as surviving, perhaps, actual outer space journeys (via asteroids, meteoriods and/or comets?) between such alien worlds.

    Consistent with such notions, exposing bacteria, commonly found on Earth, to actual space conditions seemed to make such bacteria more hardy (and more space-travel worthy?) in some ways according to recent NASA studies. Interestingly, tardigrades (tiny invertebrates called "water bears") seem to be sufficiently hardy to survive space conditions according to recent studies and news reports (1,2). In fact, an entirely different type of "waterless" life-form may be found on Saturn's largest moon, Titan, according to several astrobiologists.(5)

    In any case, the "possibility that life can voyage from planet to planet inside rocks blasted off one planetary surface by impact, to land on another planetary surface" (1), called the Transpermia Hypothesis, is planned to be tested soon in an upcoming Mission to Mars. [Added 01/07/2009db]

    Stephen Hawking (well-known astrophysicist) spoke recently (video/24:56) at The George Washington University (one of my alma maters) about alien life in the universe and noted that: "Primitive life is very common and intelligent life is fairly rare," quickly adding, "Some would say it has yet to occur on Earth."

    In any case --

    Enjoy,
    Dennis

    PS --
    UPDATE (06/04/2008):
    Published a related Comment (New York Times - "The Weird Sisters," Comment 74 - June 3, 2008) to a science news article (written by Dr. Olivia Judson, an evolutionary biologist) about a life-form that is *very, very* unusual in several ways including being able to successfully survive, in a kind of suspended animation of sorts, without any apparent water whatsoever. The actual published Comment is as follows:

    "Excellent Article - fascinating subject - just wondering - if these asexual bdelloid rotifer life-forms are really able to be thoroughly dried-up ("desiccated" as noted), and survive successfully in a completely waterless state ("suspended animation" as noted), and then later be fully reconstituted with water or the like, could they also be sufficiently resilient (and hardy), as a dried-up (dust-like?) life-form, to be worthy space-travelers of sorts and travel among the stars, via comets and meteorites perhaps, seeding the universe? Can the life-forms presently on our planet be the evolved descendants of these, or similar, space-traveling dust-like, waterless life-forms, settling on our planet billions of years ago? Afterall, the earliest evidences of life on our planet are apparently the fossilized remains of very, very simple life-forms. Maybe life on our planet, rather than having a very special (and exclusive?) beginning here on our planet, was the result of dust-like, waterless life-forms falling from the stars instead?

    "On a somewhat related matter - could the search for water (as a way of discovering life-forms) on the Planet Mars with the Phoenix Lander be too limiting since there may be life-forms that can, apparently, survive quite successfully without any water whatsoever?

    "In any case, just a few thoughts.

    "Incidently, and if interested, a similar discussion, with somewhat different hardy (and resilient?) simple life-forms, may be found at the following: http://drbogdan.livejournal.com/7419.html ."

    -Actual Publication By Dr. Dennis Bogdan.

    UPDATE (02/16/2009):
    According to a recent BBC news story, scientists have determined that there may be Billions of Earth-like Planets with simple life-forms, and Thousands with intelligent life-forms (and civilizations), in our own Galaxy alone. However, none of these Earth-like Planets are likely to be within actual Human reach since they are all much too far away - according to my calculations, a space ship traveling 60,000 mph, considerably faster than presently possible, would take nearly 50,000 years to travel to the nearest star - with no known place to land!

    UPDATE (11/28/2012):
    Published a related Comment (New York Times - "Can a Jellyfish Unlock the Secret of Immortality?," Comment 105 - November 28, 2012) to a science news article (written by Nathaniel Rich) as follows (but without noted supporting references):

    "Dr. Dennis and Joanne Bogdan - Pittsburgh, PA

    "Excellent Article - My Present Thinking (some supported in the responsible scientific literature) About Life-Forms:

    "01. Life, At Its Most Basic Level, Is A Chemical That Can Reproduce Itself (http://j.mp/Wiki-LifeDef) (http://j.mp/WikiTalk4-Life).

    "02. The Starting Materials Related To Reproducible Chemicals Seem To Be *Everywhere* In The Universe (http://j.mp/DrB-LJNote) (http://j.mp/CosmicDust).

    "03. Some Of These Materials May Begin Reproducing (Naturally? Spontaneously?) And Settle Wherever Possible In The Universe (http://j.mp/Panspermia).

    "04. On Planet Earth At Least, All Known Life-Forms Came From *One Single* Ancestor About 3.7 Billion Years Ago (http://j.mp/NGS-1stLife) (http://j.mp/Nature-1stLife) (http://j.mp/Wiki-1stLife) (http://j.mp/Wiki-FirstLife) (http://j.mp/Wiki-FirstLife2).

    "05. All Known Life-Forms Are The *Very Same* Reproducible Chemical, With Astronomical Variation (http://j.mp/Abiogenesis).

    "06. The "Purpose Of Life" Is The Same For *All* Life Forms: To Transfer Genetic Information Into The "Next Generation."

    "07. All Life-Forms May Have "Intelligence" (http://j.mp/Wiki-IQ), A Possible Measure Of Cleverness In Successfully Adapting To A Host Environment, But To Varying Degrees (And In Varying Forms?).

    "08. There May Be Many Technically Clever Life-Forms In The Universe - Many Such Life-Forms May Be Present In The Universe At The Moment - Or - In Times Past - But Since Space Is So Widespread And Time Is So Wideranging - Such Technically Clever Life-Forms May Never Know Of Each Other.

    "09. Overall - Life-Forms Are "Star Stuff" Emerging From The Midst Of Time And Space At The Very Beginning - And Then - A Return At The Very End? - Or - In The Case Of The "Immortal Jellyfish" - A Return To The Very Beginning?

    "- Dr. Dennis Bogdan
    http://drbogdan.livejournal.com/5861.html
    Nov. 28, 2012 at 5:12 p.m."

    - Actual Comment Published By Dr. Dennis Bogdan (Publications Page).

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    http://drbogdan.livejournal.com/11144.html
    http://www.facebook.com/notes/dennis-bogdan/science-life-origins-and-human-space-adventures/74260331257
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    PBS-TV recently presented an excellent three-part BBC Documentary Series by Dr. Jonathan Miller called "A BRIEF HISTORY OF DISBELIEF." (References: Wikipedia, Internet Movie DataBase/IMDB.)

    (Click Here To Watch A Short PREVIEW VIDEO of the Series.)

    Bill Moyers of PBS-TV had suggested the British Series be shown in the United States - perhaps because many of the major players in the "History Of Disbelief" were, in fact, Founding Fathers of the United States (including Washington, Jefferson, Adams, Franklin, Paine and others).

    As it turned out, the BBC Series was broadcast in the United States - but restricted to only a few PBS-TV Stations and only after being significantly censored and shortened.

    *All* original *uncensored* Videos for this awesome PBS-TV Documentary Series (about 3 hours total) *may* now be available on YouTube Video and Google Video. In addition, the original raw and uncut original Interview Tapes (about 3 hours total) *may* also be available on these WebSites as well as on DVD.

    UPDATE (08/06/2010): At the moment, the entire 3-Episode (180-minutes total) film series seems to be available on Google Video in 3-parts (http://j.mp/Pbs1of3) (http://j.mp/Pbs2of3) (http://j.mp/Pbs3of3) - as well as on YouTube Video in 18-parts (http://is.gd/3aE5G) - Also, My Related "Notes" Are Posted On FaceBook (http://j.mp/Drb-Fb-Religion) If Interested.

    NOTE: TO SEARCH FOR NEWLY AVAILABLE VIDEO LINKS, CLICK THE FOLLOWING: YOUTUBE VIDEO , GOOGLE VIDEO.

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