There are 500 sheep in this photo

Can you see them?

Saskatchewan, Canada farmer Liezel Kennedy took these photos earlier this month, saying she drove straight past the flock before realizing they were all there. She quickly doubled back to take a closer look. Kennedy told BuzzFeed she had to get within 50 feet before she could easily make them out. Lamboflauge is real!

Now click on the photo for an explanation.

Thanks, Ursarodinia

Saskatchewan to build carbon-capture coal-fired power plant

The pilot plant for the planned new project

The Western Canadian province of Saskatchewan, which depends heavily on burning coal for power, will build one of the world’s first commercial-scale power plants that will capture carbon dioxide emissions, the provincial government said on Tuesday.

Saskatchewan said the power utility it owns, SaskPower, will proceed with a long-planned C$1.24 billion conversion of a generating unit at its Boundary Dam Power Station at the city of Estevan as the province moves to comply with new Canadian requirements for cleaner coal power.

The project will have capacity to produce 110 megawatts of electricity per year, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 1 million tonnes — the equivalent of taking 250,000 vehicles off the road each year, the provincial government said…

The province, which is rich in oil, potash and uranium, had been holding off on final approval of the project as it awaited details of new federal regulations for coal plants.

SaskPower’s three coal-fired power plants account for half of the utility’s electricity production…

The new standards will force electricity producers to phase out older, high-emitting coal-fired plants and require newer facilities to match the lower greenhouse-gas emissions of more efficient natural-gas-fired plants. Unless operators make substantial investments to cut emissions from aging coal-burning facilities, they’ll be required to shut down.

TransAlta Corp, the country’s largest operators of coal-fired plants, is developing a near-commercial-scale demonstration project near Edmonton, Alberta, that will also capture carbon.

SaskPower, meanwhile, is working on deals to sell its captured carbon to oil drillers, which can use it to extract oil from the ground, a spokesman for the utility said. Cenovus Energy Inc currently imports carbon from the United States to extract oil at its Weyburn, Saskatchewan, oilfield.

Looking forward to seeing what can be done on a commercial scale. I’ve noted pilot plants here in North America and in Europe; but, I’m curious to see what can be accomplished in the real world.

Saskatchewan cabinet members are getting iPads

Saskatchewan’s 18 cabinet ministers and five senior government officials are being issued iPad tablet computers in an effort to reduce paper consumption.

In Canada, the 3G models with 64 GB of memory cost $879 each, plus recycling fees and taxes.

While the initial outlay for the province is about $23,000, an official said double that amount will be saved in the cost of printing and courier costs after just one year.

“In my office alone, as this gets rolled out, I will save 68 boxes of paper in my office a year,” Rick Mantey, a senior official in the premier’s office, told CBC News. “We’re [also] saving on courier costs. That’s going to go down, from my office, by $8,000, $9,000 a year.”

Mantey said that in a typical week, a single cabinet minister could be loaded down with six to 10 kilograms of documents.

I’ll have to ask a couple of my geek mates in the GWN how well they think their government does on computer security?

The wifi bit should be reasonable enough to take care of; but, I imagine they will need to add an app layer to lock things tighter than a simple 4-character login.

Pretty interesting about how much paper they expect to replace + couriers.

Canadian cons use nail clippers to break out of jail

At least they didn’t break out in the winter…

Six prisoners in Canada used nail clippers and other makeshift instruments to break out of prison. While fellow inmates blocked the guards’ view, they were able to dig through to an outer wall, which they then scaled to escape.

They were later recaptured and said they never expected to get away with it but the work gave them something to do.

A government report has made more than 20 recommendations to improve security at the prison in Saskatchewan…The report said investigators could accept inmates deceiving staff on a particular shift but not that “an entire corridor of inmates can deceive at least 87 corrections workers… and engineer an escape of this magnitude”.

The prisoners, four of whom faced murder charges, used modified nail clippers and other tools to remove a heating grill and chip away at the brickwork until they were able to smash through the wall.

The Saskatchewan government says they’re going to build a better jail. Sounds like they should hire guards with a higher IQ than the cons, eh?