Fingers and Toes


There is no arguing ‘de facto,’ it just is. It came up either as my word of the day (I always take that personally, figuring the clues are for me, especially) or I heard it in my head and thought, oh that might be a good way to describe what was going on in front of me. But now that I have gone to the trusted source of Wiki-ness (should we? I mean has anyone checked their credentials? or is it just that it’s more expedient than figuring out what happened to Encyclopedia Brittanica), I realize that there is good and bad defacto. I’m all for custom, tradition and paying respect. The source root that makes the most sense is, of course, Latin which translates to ‘in practice.’ That could just be the root of all our daily even. In theory, one way, on fantasy, one alternate universe where time is just around you. In practice, time and reality are with you at all times, just waiting for orders to put you in the straightjacket.
I have been having crazy dreams about fire fighting as a way to make a living (since i’m hanging out with them making a tv show) and now when I doze off (I’m sleep deprived from a 72-hour shift), I forget where I am (at home) and am in a much bigger room, dealing with first responder issues, managing a ‘rave,’ moving around in smokey rooms and flame-used grassy knolls.
Having been’embedded’ in a busy station for the past 3 days had one complication: swollen hands and feet. Now it’s somewhat of an overall loss of consciousness that comes and goes as I doze off and start talking part fire-speak part-make-me-a-television show voice. It’s disconcerting. I wake up in my chair (I still owe my ‘homework’==the daily hot sheet that goes to the network to get them excited about the show and keep track of the ever-evolving storylines, that are the genius of the overall genre of ‘reality’ tv whether ‘docu-soap’ aka over-produced, awkwardly moved, and generally superficial Bravo stock, housewives uses to watch “Days of Our Lives’ now they live it, well, sort of); I WAKE UP IN MY CHAIR FROM DOZING OFF WHICH has today, more often than not, lead to the zone of semi-consciousness, soft-edge hallucinatory experiences. Today I was talking in two voices (playing the role of…; and the role of ______ playing me).

Then, as ‘luck’ would have it or what “The Celestine Prophecy” would call ‘coincidence’ (which always seems like a lot of work to me), and I’m not even sure how ‘de facto’ came to my search engine (that’s near Descartes’ disproven spleen — Pascal? I think it was a Jean-Gautier P… who wrote about the spleen having been thought to be the soul, and therefore, where it ended up was of utmost importance. An obsolete organ. That, in of itself, should tell us that constant modifications don’t mean removing all that came before.
The state of things, ‘convergence,’ the times when space confers not to be unpleasant, unsettling or off-putting (which on some days can run over 75% of your waking/a.k.a. ‘exposure’ hours), when you can actually breathe and notice what you came here for, feel good about it for 5 seconds (or less–I’ll take 4 minutes 11 seconds and 4 Frames, please; with regular milk).
So the convergence has been happening a lot lately and I ‘m not sure if that’s because I’m more relaxedm
And just found out that Mike, the coolest guy at the semi-orgy party down the road from me in the Houselots, could do the dance to SNF (that’s Saturday Night Fever) perfectly! With a lot of flare! I hung out with him in the back room of a party where the front room was in the frosty glow of a 9th grade make-up party but with a nasty vibe. I was invited by someone who wasn’t invited. So I hung out with the guy with the guitar in the back. That’s convergence. We just heard ‘his’ song.
That would not necessarily be a good lead into ‘de facto,’ where this whole amble started — the thought of how my body has been effected by the fire heat and gear you have to wear to withstand extreme temperatures; and how that is all part and parcel of being unprepared for the situation (something I don’t like, but also something I am accustomed to — being dropped in and hoping for the best). Having a lack of ‘de facto” — CITING OUR SOURE :a voluntary standard that is also a de facto standard is a typical solution to a coordination problem. ALL WE’VE REALLY NEEDED FROM A PRODUCTION STANDPOINT IS STATED THERE. That vacuum has created a vortex and now my muscles are so stiff, I can barely stand up without warning. My feet aren’t as swollen as a 30-hour plane ride (nor should they be) but my hands were swollen up thru this morning The stress of the student film-styled trickle-down management by chaos has created, “swollen fingers and toes.” I know I need to put my feet up, but first I have to finish the hot sheet. I have been setting up the next shoot, as I always think the shoot that is going on (next) is the one that requires the most immediate attention (it’s like triage); yesterday’s gone. She goes back in her little can and has about 7 working days to get her act in shape–2 days to ingest, 2 days to organize and last day of week 1 an overarching timeline created. Week two, produce a day ahead of winey, needy editors, or collaborate on beats with the kinds of editors who play well with others.
De facto. Mutual gain for those involved. In practice, lemming laws, the system that is in charge (because it works best or because people have given up? We’ll never know, really. Not today anyway.) In conclusion, I’m not really sure what ‘de facto’ really means — the term “de facto standard” is used for both: to contrast obligatory standards (also known as “de jure standards”); or to express a dominant standard, when there is more than one proposed standard for the same use.
That about sums it up — ‘used for both [voluntary or obligatory] technical standards’ means DE FACTO is officially non-committal. But also wants to please everyone (de facto must have been a 50s housewife):
The choice of a de facto standard is the better choice for situations in which all parties can realize mutual gains, but only by making mutually consistent decisions.
So now I am utterly confused. De facto was something I thought was done because it was always done that way (‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ syndrome) with a little does of ‘do it this way because the old timers say so.’ But now I realize there is this mutually consistent action thing that requires more attention, but not while I am dozing off at the laptop, dreading my emails and the finalizing of the tv show report of the days’ event. I just want to close my eyes and stay asleep for probably 12 hours, but doubt that is de facto.

A de facto standard is a custom, convention, product, or system that has achieved a dominant position by public acceptance or market forces (such as early entrance to the market). De facto is a Latin phrase meaning “concerning the fact” or “in practice”.

Technical standards are usually voluntary, like ISO 9000 requirements, but may be obligatory, enforced by government norms, like drinking water quality requirements. The term “de facto standard” is used for both: to contrast obligatory standards (also known as “de jure standards”); or to express a dominant standard, when there is more than one proposed standard for the same use.

In social sciences, a voluntary standard that is also a de facto standard is a typical solution to a coordination problem.[1] The choice of a de facto standard is the better choice for situations in which all parties can realize mutual gains, but only by making mutually consistent decisions. In contrast, a enforced “de jure standard” is a solution to the prisoner’s problem.[1]

De Facto standard from Wikipedia

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