I have been feeling very sad about Spoon for some days now. I've been a quiet admirer of his work and was looking forward to seeing much more because he was definitely a rising star. He contributed in a number of areas that I am also keenly interested in: perl-qa, Phalanx, CPANTS, WWW::Mechanize, Perl books, ... but I never had the chance to meet him. So I was looking forward to meeting him at YAPC::Australia in Melbourne in November.
The first ever YAPC::Australia is yet to be announced and may not happen this year, but it has certainly been discussed on the Melbourne.PM mailing list. If it does go ahead, Spoon will be sorely missed, as I'm sure he would have given several excellent talks there. I think it would be wonderful to see someone give a YAPC talk describing Spoon's contributions to the Perl community during his (too short) lifetime.
With luck the CFP will be out by the end of this week.
We're renaming the conference to be the Open Source Developement Conference, because Australia doesn't have one and the Python/OzZope, Php and other groups wanted to join us.
We should have content appearing at http://www.osdc.com.au really really soon now.
See you there!