*Sudden Wealth Syndrome
*Facebook: Should I Buy It?
*Newt's Moon Colony
*CGI Characters Deserve Oscars
*Tracking Syria's Martyrs
*Superbowl Hate Match
So when Facebook finally ended the speculation this week and filed to go public, everyone took a long look at how much the company is worth ($75-100 billion) and how much they want to raise ($5 billion).
The Facebook IPO is going to make a lot of people instantly wealthy, many of them are young. A host of psychological issues comes with a mega-money windfall, and now there's a name for it- it's called Sudden Wealth Syndrome. We'll tell you about the issues associated with Sudden Wealth Syndrome, and why the rest of the world doesn't empathize.
Then there's the matter of your stake in the offering. If you use Facebook, and you know the now mythic story of the rise of the company, you might be tempted to buy into this phenomenon that's made so many people so wealthy.
Not so fast. We check in with a Wall Street watcher who says Facebook might not be a good deal. He has a better suggestion: buy Google.
It's a great year to be English. There's the Olympics, Pippa Middleton, a renewed Falklands conflict and it's the Diamond Jubilee. Those are all stories getting coverage in The Bugle, a satiric podcast starring Andy Zaltzman and Jon Oliver of The Daily Show.
The Bugle's podcast was until recently hosted by The Times of London, but after their cracks aimed at Murdoch and the phone hacking scandal, The Bugle got the heave-ho. Jon and Andy join us to talk about that and their endless fascination for Pippa.
Newt Gingrich got smoked in the Florida primary this week even though he carefully courted the aerospace vote by talking up his dream of a moon colony- by the end of the decade, no less.
Newt got the chute, but the idea of a moon colony really isn't so ridiculous in the scientifc community. Neither is the notion that China may get there first. We'll talk to an astromoner about getting back to the moon.
That's a picture of Caesar, the plotting chimpanzee from Rise of the Planet of the Apes. The movie got an Oscar nomination for visual effects, but that wasn't what fans were hoping for. They wanted Caesar to get the nod.
Caesar is embodied by Andy Serkis, the British actor who "played" Golem in the Lord of the Rings films. It's a motion-capture CGI performance, Serkis did indeed act out the parts of the characters with the CGI skin added later. But in the end, he failed to get the academy's recognition.
Our commentator Hugh Hart thinks it's unjust.
The United Nations has stopped compiling a death toll in Syria's crackdown. They say it's too difficult, some areas are closed off. But civilians in Syria and abroad have taken up the task and they're passionate about sharing the information they're collecting.
Organizations like The Committee of Martyrs of the Syrian Revolution believe the data they are collecting may lead to charges and convictions later in a free Syria. Anfal Seddik contributes from Vancouver. We'll talk to her about why she's compelled to take part.
Superbowl 43 unfolds tomorrow and it's a big grudge match. The Patriots hate the Giants because they robbed them in '08. The Giants hate the Patriots because they think coach Bill Belichick is a cheater. And everyone else hates both teams because that's what you do if you're not from New York or Boston.
But relax. You can still enjoy the game. Rodrigo Bascunan tells us how.
There seems to be no limit to the amout of free stuff we have flying out the door right now. The Oscar Pool continues. We're having a weekly Oscar-themed giveaway- for a chance to win a copy of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, just like us on Facebook and send us an email to let us know that you want in on the draw.
Also, we announced the winners of the Elmore Leonard contest this week with help from the eminent Michael Enright .
And another cool prize: Peter Armstrong from World Report is with us next week. He'll be looking after you, I'm off for a week, but just for one.
Hope you get a little Sudden Wealth Syndrome in your lives. See you on the 18th.
Brent Bambury @CBCDay6