How to setting config.timezone in non-Rails application?

Hello all, I’m developing a sinatra application and loads ActiveRecord in,
the main server is in rails, the many clients is written in Sinatra, now I need to sync

job from server to client where saving the related datetime seems a problem,

it seems rails has done some handling about timezone, when converting to yaml to send,

it just “2012-08-29 16:00:00.000000000Z” (seems to convert to UTC and just have a Z in it

to denote it), and then in client, I need to de_yaml it, and saves it, it seems messy,

and do client has a way to set a TimeZone?

it seems in ThreadLocal fits this description, but do anybody know how the param

pattern looks like?