theBlu — an entire ocean simulation available online. That is such a fab idea. We really need a good ocean sim. The best has so far been confined to the Wii ghetto (Endless Ocean) or to the naff ‘screensaver’ format. What’s nice about theBlu is that it’s a global open crowd-sourced project led by artists, software engineers at MIT, and CG animation experts around the world (that’s you!). The aim is to make a computer simulation of the entire ocean — habitats, ecosystems, marine species and more — that’s available online. Currently in beta. Sales of “premium” fish will raise money for ocean preservation charities.