2 January 2000

Yesterday Ma and I were watching TV and the Corona beer Christmas ad came on. You know the one. It's a night shot of little beach house with a bunch of palm trees silhouetted against the sky, and at the end one of the palm trees lights up like a Christmas tree. Then in the corner of the screen it says, "Feliz Navidad from Corona Beer." Ma says to me, "What's that?" "What's what?" "What's it say?" "Feliz Navidad," says I. "Oh. What's that?" "Ma--! They must've played the song Feliz Navidad on the radio (Ma listens to the radio in the car) about a bazillion times in the past month! Where have you been for the past 79 years?!" "I don't know" says she. "Ma..." says I, "how can you be so oblivious?"

Well, I guess we're all oblivious to some extent, to some things...

Until tonight I never knew that there's more than one time zone that operates on the half-hour. I knew about the time zone that runs down the middle of Australia where the time difference is -9.5 hours from Zulu Time (GMT)-- Sometimes, when I'm bored, I set my computer time to that time zone and switch languages, too. Makes me feel like I'm traveling.-- But I never knew there were other places that operated on the half hour-- like India. Or that in Arab countries they set their clocks to midnight at sundown. And I never even suspected that there's a place in South America-- looks like Guyana-- that has a "variation other than half an hour from Standard Time." What does that mean? What time do they think it is? I wonder...

And I wonder how I could have gone all this long time without knowing all this.

Do you know what time it is?
Official U.S. Time
World Time

Both sites have cool sun clocks.


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P.S. In case you're wondering, and if you are one of the six people who hasn't heard of Harry Potter, the animated golden ball above is a Snitch. New Moon created the animation and the background.

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