Leader of Birmingham.pm [pm.org] and a CPAN author [cpan.org]. Co-organised YAPC::Europe in 2006 and the 2009 QA Hackathon, responsible for the YAPC Conference Surveys [yapc-surveys.org] and the QA Hackathon [qa-hackathon.org] websites. Also the current caretaker for the CPAN Testers websites and data stores.
If you really want to find out more, buy me a Guinness
I started reviewing my talks this week for YAPC::NA, and even did a lot of packing last night. I feel like I'm just killing time a little today.
My phrasebook talk is pretty stable these days, so I'm not too worried about that. I presented the first draft of the Preparing for CPAN talk to Birmingham.pm and discovered I was about 15-20mins too long! I've cut several slides and simplified some others, so I'm hoping that will be enough. However, my biggest worry is How To Be A CPAN Tester.
When I originally submitted the talk I was planning to just talk about YACSmoke and a few other related items. However, David Golden was also thinking about submitting a talk about CPAN::Reporter. It made sense to do a joint talk, so we didn't repeat each other, and gave the audience the benefit of having 2 key developers for the testers infrastructure to fire questions at. Unfortunately, David isn't going to be able to make the conference now, due to other commitments, so I have to cover his slides too now. It's a daunting task, as I haven't used CPAN::Reporter, so I just hope I do him justice. There will be a CPAN Testers BOF at some point afterwards, where I hope to discuss with current testers what they want see improved and to encourage potential testers to get involved.
Also during the talk there will be a something of an announcement about CPAN Testers. Something that has been a long time overdue, but finally it's ready for the world. You'll have to wait for the talk to find out more
If you're coming along to any of the talks, please be kind. I managed to volunteer for around 4 hours of presentations
I'm also helping out with the YAPC BOF, and if you're thinking about hosting a YAPC conference, then please come along and hopefully we can give you some pointers.