This week is a national holiday for Japan and I am home trying to "rest". I was hoping to recover from jet lag, exercise, catch up on some reading... and install Tiger.

Once I installed Tiger, I decided to take my increasingly complicated schedule and put it into iCal. iCal allows you to enter your time zone so your meeting are synchronized globally. Many of the regular meetings that I had been missing because I wasn't tracking properly now fell neatly into place in absolute time with iCal's pretty sophisticated repeating meeting mode. Obviously, I'm not the first person to have to work with people in multiple time zones but with the low cost of VoIP and my instinct to try to fit everything in, I just realized that iCal created a time-zone agnostic view of what I should be doing and it's quite distressing. No matter what time zone I flip to, I have things scattered throughout the day and night almost every single day. I just realized that I have jet lag even though I'm staying in one place.

Rereading my post, I realize this probably sounds pretty stupid, but somehow it took iCal and this time zone feature for me to realize what a mess I'm in. Eek.

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I think it is a wonderful post. It is how this kind of thing sneaks up on me too, then one day I notice the discontinuity. And your post had me stop and notice.

>I just realized that I have jet lag even though I'm staying in one place.

Mehehe. This made me laugh aloud. Maybe cause I can relate on some much much smaller scale.

Visualizing your behavioral data will always bring interesting realizations. ;)

Why don't you just switch to UTC and keep all of your schedule in GMT+0?
;-)

Of course, a month or two of vacation might help.
My friend was fond of saying that you never really get over jet lag completely and eventually it kills you...

So, where is the url to this iCal?

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