User Groups say to heck with the holidays

It's not such a bad thing that Valleywag Calendar will be gone after this week. The scarcity of upcoming events in the Valley means you'll have time to devote to the real things that matter this holiday season-shopping, eating, drinking, oh and family. But before you get festive, there are a few die hard groups still… » 11/25/08 1:48pm 11/25/08 1:48pm

Even the universe is getting fatter

As Thanksgiving approaches, take a minute to ponder this: some expansion is inevitable. But it isn't just your waistline that is growing. 10 years ago scientists discovered a dark energy that is pushing the universe outwards at increasing speeds. Tonight, get to the meat of one of the biggest physics quandaries of… » 11/24/08 12:31pm 11/24/08 12:31pm

Live from the Herbst Pavilion, it's ... YouTube?

What, someone's hiring? Fixya, which is doling out the free food at Lunch 2.0 today, is hiring. Grab a bite and a job. » 11/21/08 2:00pm 11/21/08 2:00pm Tomorrow . Your favorite timesuck is streaming live from the Herbst Pavilion at Fort Mason in San Francisco. Watch the new product launch/party featuring your favorite Internet stars at home or in…

The Valley is one giant cocktail party

If your office cut its holiday day party budget, don't despair! There's still ample opportunity to make out with that coworker from the 3rd floor — on someone else's dime. iWidgets » 11/20/08 2:00pm 11/20/08 2:00pm is launching version 2 of its social syndication platform at Project One from 6-9 p.m. WorkIt.com's for startup types is at Techmart from…

Follow the hackers

From personal computing to extreme sports, hackers out for a good time have been pioneering new ways of doing things. Tim O'Reilly, of O'Reilly Media, thinks we should follow them. To find out what O'Reilly thinks alpha geeks tell us about the future » 11/19/08 2:00pm 11/19/08 2:00pm, make your way to the Stanford EE Computer Systems Colloquium at…

Calling all citizen snoops

Looking for an excuse to head down to Yahoo? Get the update on Jerry Yang at the Yahoo User Interface and BrowserPlus Launch Party » 11/18/08 2:00pm 11/18/08 2:00pm from 2-6 p.m. To find out what gadgets are on the chopping block, head to the Churchill Club's "." The Walt Mossberg and AllThingsD's Kara Swisher are headlining the annual gadget…

Industries that might actually do well in 2009

It is unseasonably hot in the Bay Area. Time to lap up your vitamin D and forget about the dismal economic climate. Tonight, reps from high tech, life sciences, and the non-profit world dish about where to place your money and your time » 11/17/08 2:00pm 11/17/08 2:00pm for a plausibly successful 2009. To channel the positive energy, head to the the…

Your premier tech event resource until Dec. 1

Feast on the smorgasbord of conferences and tech events this weekend. For starters, try the 2008 Music Business » 11/14/08 2:00pm 11/14/08 2:00pm Seminar at Ex'pression College for Digital Arts on Saturday. Panels on production, financing, and online marketing can you help you get the juices flowing on your next app for making money on music. Thinking…

PR pitches to save PR

Social media has undoubtedly democratized the Internet. But is this information free-for-all putting PR on the endangered industries list? To find out why not even social media will be able kill PR » 11/12/08 2:00pm 11/12/08 2:00pm, head to the Horn Group Offices. Tonight, AllThingsD's Kara Swisher and some PR types debate why controlling the channels…

Give your employees the gift that keeps on giving: a job

Just in time for the holidays, layoff season is here. To avoid your own nightmare before Christmas, join a dotcom bust survivor, The Stephenz Group, at the Silicon Valley Capital Club. They'll be sharing their tips for keeping your revenue stream flowing in a tight financial market » 11/11/08 2:00pm 11/11/08 2:00pm from 5-8:30 p.m. For something a bit…

Would an iPhone by any other name sell as strongly?

Your company doesn't just need a great product, it needs something that sounds cool. Put the "name" in "name brand" » 11/10/08 2:00pm 11/10/08 2:00pm at tonight's SD Forum's marketing event. Athol Foden, president of Brighter Naming, will be sharing his tips on power branding and trademarks at DLA Piper from 6:30-9 p.m. At the Commonwealth Club, Jan…

Who needs days off?

If work is your mistress, give her a little extra loving this weekend. At the Freebase Hack Day » 11/07/08 2:00pm 11/07/08 2:00pm, dataheads will be getting together to unconference about Open Government applications and other topics at Metaweb Technologies from 10-6 p.m. on Saturday. is taking over Foothill Community College for a fluff free weekend…

F-bomb dropping PHP advocate derails Ruby, again

Didn't make it to ZendCon08 for developer Terry Chay's expletive-laden talk on Ruby? Chay, the original PHP terrorist, is headlining the PHP meetup » 11/06/08 2:00pm 11/06/08 2:00pm with an encore presentation of "Making Frameworks Suck Less" at CBS Interactive, the company formerly known as CNET, from 6:30-10 p.m. Now that the Internet has won the…

Tila Tequila switches from Yahoo spawn to Mac guy

Promiscuous MySpace friender Tila Tequila recently denied » 11/05/08 3:00pm 11/05/08 3:00pm reports that her relationship with Courtenay Semel, the publicly drunken daughter of former Yahoo CEO Terry Semel, was on the rocks. But The Superficial the Hollywood Z-lister's shot at girl-on-girl love has ended. Why does she no longer Yahoo?Gossip column…

Wiggling out of deals for fun and profit

If you've ever signed an unfair contract, don't wallow in regret. Take it back! As part of Astia's " Doing it Right » 11/05/08 2:00pm 11/05/08 2:00pm" series, a bunch of attorneys will show you how to weasel your way out of unfavorable terms that could cost you and your employees precious bling. To learn to play hardball, head to Fenwick and West from…

Epic night, epic parties

Not hitting up Lead21's party » 11/04/08 2:00pm 11/04/08 2:00pm for the Valley's Republican scene? Think London and Sterling Communications are sponsoring an All of you Web 2.0 summit attendees without a couch to sit on can livestream the election results to the back beat of brit-pop. If you're planning on microblogging the historic night, . The…

Cleantech: Change you can believe in?

Worried about layoffs? We'd suggest you embrace the Valley's alternative-energy lifestyle, but electric carmaker Tesla's woes seem to make that a poor bet. Still, SD Forum » 11/03/08 2:00pm 11/03/08 2:00pm will be looking at how the next wave of innovation can bring clean energy and water solutions to the developing world at Orrick from 6:30-9 p.m. …

No costume? No problem

Some readers have told us our Halloween masks » 10/31/08 6:00pm 10/31/08 6:00pm were a little too frightening. If you're still scrambling to pull together a costume, here are four options that are more treat than trick. Best of all, you'll be able to get what you need from your own closet. Khaki jacket and black turtleneck Rick Astley Memorize…

Vote yes on Proposition Costume Party

A gentle reminder from the City-sanctioned Boo Tube: There is no fun in the Castro in the tonight. I repeat. NO FUN. So take your decked-out self downtown. E-storm International has teamed up with Lunch 2.0 to bring a very special Halloween Edition of free food, games, candy, horror movies, and, of course, beer from… » 10/31/08 2:00pm 10/31/08 2:00pm