Fun stuff for the weekend? Go to Upcoming and find your own parties. But there's plenty going on next week, at various points on the fun scale. A sampling:
SF WoW Annual Party: SF WoW (That's Women on the Web, sorry gamer-networkers) celebrates 7 years online, 6:30 at Cafe Metropol. (Yes! There are women on the web! Yes! There's a little free alcohol!)
GTD Roadmap Seminar: David Allen holds a Getting Things Done seminar all day at SF's Hotel Nikko for a cheap $595. The productivity lessons will help you earn back that chunk of cash.
Software in Clean Technology: A morning seminar, 8:30 to 1ish in Palo Alto, in which SDForum discusses...software in clean technology. Just $45, and you can get your boss to comp it.
SDForum Business Intelligence SIG: Why Plans are Always Wrong: Same day, same town, same SDForum. 6:30-9:00, hear the engineering buzzwords (a refreshing switch from the marketing buzzwords).
The San Jose Convention Center hosts the Game Developers Conference, which should be fun if just for Will Wright's new game, Spore. Sessions include:
Will Wright: What's Next in Game Design
Eric Todd: Spore, Preproduction Through Prototyping
Caryl Shaw: Building Community Around Pollinated Content in Spore
Tales from the Global Trenches: Meanwhile on Thursday, SDForum holds a $20 talk at its International Special Interest Group event. See how greener the grass is outside the Valley.
Blogging for Business: Polish off Thursday in Foster City by learning, in case you were stuck under Mount Diablo for the last three years, how to blog for your business.