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These are all the facts about Bobulous that, almost certainly, nobody needs or wants to know.



Robert Downes.





189cm (six foot plus two-and-a-half inches).


Rich blue in colour. No spectacles, nor contact lenses. Experienced a period of chiasmic interference.


Dark brown; always either very short or very untidy. Sports a trendy wedge that only laser weapons may one day be able to tame.


Functional clothing chosen for purpose or comfort, never for appearance. Lots of pockets. Based on Bob's clothing alone, people have mistakenly thought that he must be some sort of adventurous rock-climbing type, or a staff member at HMV.



Reported as 111 (superior intelligence) by a 5-minute online test; as 129 (very superior intelligence) by a 20-minute online test; and as 160 (super-genius-level intelligence) by a thirteen-minute online test. Also 122 by a fifty-minute test. None of these tests was professionally administered and Bobulous is dubious as to their worth or accuracy.


According to tests based on the Keirsey and Myers-Briggs typologies, Bob's personality is INTP. Joe Butt offers a profile of the INTP personality type.

ARC tests

In tests produced by the Autism Reseach Centre (part of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Cambridge), Bob scores:

TestBob's scoreTypical male group
mean (and SD)
ASC male group
mean (and SD)
SQ-R7761.2 (σ 19.2)77.8 (σ 22.9)
EQ2539.0 (σ 11.6)18.7 (σ 9.8)
AQ3817.4 (σ 6.2)35.9 (σ 7.8)

The Big Personality Test

According to the BBC's Big Personality Test, Bob scores the following:

(out of 5)

In summary, Bob is a people-loathing, direct-talking stress-head. This may explain why he scares people in job interviews.


Music collection highlights

Infected Mushroom; The Bloody Beetroots; Tenacious D.

Television choice

The Walking Dead
It's never the zombies you have to worry about: it's always the other survivors.
Filmed in my hometown of Sutton and entirely able to have me ROTFLOL.
The Wire
An excellent show, which makes most other crime dramas look like simplistic, emotionally overwraught garbage.
How can you not admire two men who enjoy their work so much? Especially when their work involves explosives and sniper rifles.
The Big Bang Theory.
People keep telling me that I am Sheldon. I repudiate such comparisons.

Favourite computer games, old and new

Favourite novels

The Dune series of books by Frank Herbert; On The Road by Jack Kerouac; The Illuminatus! Trilogy by Robert Shea and Robert Anton Wilson; Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton; The Forever War by Joe Haldeman; The Lord Of The Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien; all six books of the the Uplift series by David Brinn.

Recommended movies

Aliens (1986)
After all these years, I still consider this the best action movie ever made. Flawless.
Dr Strangelove, or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
Hilarious, and parodied so much that you'll recognise a lot of it even if you've never seen it before.
The Thing (1982)
Suspense and horror wrapped in a snowbound antarctic research base. Beware the dog.

Places visited outside England

Talybont, Merthyr Tydfil, Abertillery, Bwlch, Pen-Y-Fan.
Calais, The Somme, Paris.
Belmullet, Knock, Dublin, Cork, Galway.
Rest of Europe
Prague, Bratislava, Vienna, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Cologne, Gothenburg, Oslo, Bergen.
United States of America
Los Angeles, San Diego, Las Vegas, San Francisco, Seattle, New York City.
Sousse, El Djem, Sfax, Douz, Kebili, Tozeur, Kairouan, Tunis, Carthage, Sidi Bou Saïd, Monastir.