Sunday, March 26, 2006

What time is it anyway?

AAAAhhh. I know that right now, right here, it's 5:30 p.m. But elsewhere in the world, times are a changin'.

In 1996, the EU nations agreed to have a "summer-time period" from the last Sunday in March to the last Sunday in October. Essentially, they have daylight savings, just like the United States. But the U.S. shifts the first Sunday in April and then back again the last Sunday in October. Starting in 2007 though, the entire U.S. daylight savings shift will move to the second Sunday in March and then first Sunday in November, adding about a month to daylight saving time.
We, being so close to the Equator, do not shift at any time of the year.
So, to give you an idea of what we're dealing with, let's take the example of 5:30 p.m here. Yesterday, it was the same in Greenwich, UK, but 6:30 p.m. in Germany, and 12:30 p.m. in Virginia, U.S.
Today, it's 5:30 p.m. here, 6:30 p.m. in the UK and 7:30 p.m. in Germany, but still 12:30 p.m. in Virginia.
Next Sunday, at 5:30 p.m. here it will be 6:30 p.m. in the UK, 7:30p.m. in Germany and 1:30 p.m. in Virginia.
Next year, everything will shift at different times.
But you know what the real problem is? Our AFN TV schedule only covers two hours, and with the 2 hour time difference now between us and Germany... ARRRGGG.

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