Let the Macworld parties begin: Gizmodo and Ars Technica are hosting "Nothin' But a Macworld Party Y'all" at Harlot in San Francisco. Free loot (and drinks). Image-hosting site PhotoShelter is hosting a bash at Medjool with free tapas and beer — invitation-only, and you're not invited. Girls Gone Geek are hosting a podcasting how-to, followed by a geek-girl panel question and answer from 1 to 5 p.m. — if you can get in, drag me along, will you? Also, Xsilva Systems is hosting their party at a "very tasty Thai restaurant" near Macworld — that would almost certainly have to be Bong Su, a new favorite of my editor. It's invitation-only, but we'd never let that discourage you from trying to get in.

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