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Nolan Hofstadter

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The Ben-Hur Auto Repair sign (The Big Lebowski; 40 min) is in plain view across the parking lot of the bowling alley. To what is it referring?



REFERENCE: Ben-Hur (1959 film)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben-Hur_(1959_film)

LEBOWSKI CODE: One of many allusions to the Ancient Palestine.

A small pearl, I would say.
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Re: Think like a Koan! What is the question to which this is the answer?
« Reply #1 on: April 02, 2014, 12:50:01 AM »
Drinking beer is very therapeutic? Am I close? 8)

Mmmmmmmmmmmmm, beeeeeeerr...



Or is it...

Ben-Hur was adapted from Lew Wallace's 1880 novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ. The screenplay is credited to Karl Tunberg but includes contributions from Maxwell Anderson, S. N. Behrman, Gore Vidal, and Christopher Fry??

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Re: Think like a Koan! What is the question to which this is the answer?
« Reply #2 on: April 02, 2014, 01:50:54 AM »
Is the answer go fuck yourself dude...I'm busy relaxing.
Love is like a butterfly it goes where it pleases and it pleases where it goes. :)

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Re: Think like a Koan! What is the question to which this is the answer?
« Reply #3 on: April 02, 2014, 09:57:09 AM »
"We Venerate Thy Cross"1 (The Big Lebowski; 61 min [and end credits 116 min]) is playing in the backgound in Maude's loft. At one point the Dude states, "Hey, man, why don't you listen occasionally. You might learn something." Maybe we can! Also, etymologies for Maude include "woman from Magdala"/"mighty in battle." She echoes Mary of Magdala of the Gospels.




REFERENCE: 1"We Venerate Thy Cross," Rustavi Choir
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_906sV8HIxA

LEBOWSKI CODE: This scene loaded with allusions to the Crucifiction.

Pearls by Coens. Two pearls most certainly do not make a strand.
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"I have noticed even people who claim everything is predestined, and  that we can do nothing to change it, look before they cross the road."
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Re: Think like a Koan! What is the question to which this is the answer?
« Reply #5 on: April 02, 2014, 01:55:49 PM »
Dude! I was referring to film time. Above now converted.

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Re: Think like a Koan! What is the question to which this is the answer?
« Reply #6 on: April 03, 2014, 07:42:55 AM »
THE ANTI-STRIKE

In Chapter 8 "Jesus" (The Big Lebowski 25 min) there is a 4 second scene in reverse image. An indicator of code? The viewer's attention is on the licked purple ball, oblivious to reversed lane numbers ascending to the left. The scene is righted after the strike. However, upon closer inspection it becomes apparent that things have changed again. Jesus is now on lane '21.' What the fuck!?

After an air-kiss to Donny (as if between two tangent universes), Jesus points to the heavens and immediately the camera does a close-up flyby of Score Projector '23.' 
   
REFERENCE: Gospel of John 21:23 This word therefore went out among the brethren, That disciple [[THE Dude]] does not die. And Jesus did not say to him, He does not die; but, If I will that he abide until I come, what [is that] to thee?1
 
LEBOWSKI CODE: Another fine example of a Coen Brothers' foreshadowing . . .

20140404: You're right Doug. So let me reveal a signal code. A signal of significance in the Lebowski Code is thrice repeating (e.g., "your roll, your roll, your roll"). It's like in Donny Darko (Director's Cut, 28 min) when the narrator says, "Pay close attention, you could miss something."  In the "Jesus" chapter of The Big Lebowski, there are actually thee discontinuities: 1) image reversal, 2) Jesus now on lane 21, and 3) Jesus's teammates on lane 19. BROTHER'S SHAMUS, PAY CLOSE ATTENTION.       


THRICE!


Joel & Ethan's Pearl Co.  Our motto is, "We Protect Our Beds."

Now three pearls on a strand? Nothing to write home about to be sure, but durned interestin'.

1All Bible verses from the Darby Translation
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Re: THINK LIKE A KOAN! A Daily Meditation on Decoding The Big Lebowski.
« Reply #7 on: April 04, 2014, 09:07:06 AM »
"I have noticed even people who claim everything is predestined, and  that we can do nothing to change it, look before they cross the road."
Stephen Hawking

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Re: THINK LIKE A KOAN! A Daily Meditation on Decoding The Big Lebowski.
« Reply #8 on: April 04, 2014, 03:17:19 PM »
The Shamus Prism


Flood 'Newness of Light' into a dispersive prism
and the spectral order reveals itself
in whole families of familiarity.

Taoist Family (Yin-Yang)

 
Half & Half

(with possible Gestalt-like Yin-Yang Image)

Check address 609, Check amt. $ 0.69, Apartment 609.


                                                                                   CODED SIGNALS OF SIGNIFICANCE: 'Thrice' stylized yin-yangs.

                                                                                   LEBOWSKI CODE: This ahere story is gonna involve the East!
 
                                                                                   Perls by Coenz.  Looks like its time to start another strand (to represent the East).

 
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Re: THINK LIKE A KOAN! A Daily Meditation on Decoding The Big Lebowski.
« Reply #9 on: April 04, 2014, 04:57:07 PM »
69.....phhhhnaaaar phnaaaaaar! :)
Love is like a butterfly it goes where it pleases and it pleases where it goes. :)

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Re: THINK LIKE A KOAN! A Daily Meditation on Decoding The Big Lebowski.
« Reply #10 on: April 04, 2014, 10:23:39 PM »
The Shamus Prism


Flood 'Newness of Light' into a dispersive prism



Acid flashback? Separate incidences? I mean, you know this guy?

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Re: THINK LIKE A KOAN! A Daily Meditation on Decoding The Big Lebowski.
« Reply #11 on: April 05, 2014, 07:43:12 AM »





Way out Mid-West there is this fella . . . fella you asked about.
Fella by the name of Douglas R. Hofstadter. Least that's the handle his lovin' parents gave him.





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Re: THINK LIKE A KOAN! A Daily Meditation on Decoding The Big Lebowski.
« Reply #12 on: April 05, 2014, 08:37:26 AM »
69.....phhhhnaaaar phnaaaaaar! :)
I'm happy to confirm I spent most of last night with my special lady friend looking into this;>
quod tendo non ut pallens adeo in terminus!

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Re: THINK LIKE A KOAN! A Daily Meditation on Decoding The Big Lebowski.
« Reply #13 on: April 05, 2014, 09:16:24 AM »
A LAND FLOWING WITH MILK & HONEY


The Big Lebowski (3 min): The Dude is shoved head first into his indoor honey-bucket,1 milk splashing every which way. Woo then let's go a flow on the Dude's rug.

CODED SIGNALS OF SIGNIFICANCE: Thrice stylized Yin-Yangs: 609, 069, 609. Pay close attention!   
 
LEBOWSKI CODE: An allusion to the time and place of the man echoed by the Dude. 'A land flowing with milk and honey' is Ancient Palestine, Judaism.2  Woo's 'water way' is the East, Taoism.3  Woo states, "Ever thus to deadbeats, Lebowski." In Taoism, 'Wu Wei' literally means "non-action" or "non-doing."3  Strands both East and West mingle to offer "philosophical-religious traditions that predate and (I think) inform Dudeism" and The Dude!   Remember, "The chinaman is not the issue here." He is an associate of Jackie Treehorn.     

CODE MATCHES: The sign (The Ben-Hur Auto Repair); the song ("We Venerate Thy Cross"). 

Now to which strand, East or West, do I add this pearl?  Of course, a pearl to each!

P.S. Congrats to the afore attested Pearl Diver!
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1REFERENCE: Honey Bucket
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Honey_bucket   

2REFERENCE: Exodus 3:8
http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Exodus+3:8&version=DARBY

3REFERENCE: Wu Wei
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wu_wei
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Re: THINK LIKE A KOAN! A Daily Meditation on Decoding The Big Lebowski.
« Reply #14 on: April 05, 2014, 10:14:29 PM »
Well, like, that's just, that's the stress talking, Dude.  So far we have what looks to me like a series of victimless crimes...

 

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