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
Bob is someone I've admire for many years and is a great speaker, with some brilliant anecdotes
to tell. Some of you may recall his 'Triumph Of The Nerds' & 'Nerds 2.0.1: A Brief History of the Internet' TV shows several years ago. Along with several books. He's has become infamous for not accepting shares from Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak in the early days of Apple, and instead held out for the money. Something his mother still reminds him about even now apparently
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I wouldn't exactly say he was a hero or anything , but it was certainly nice to meet one of the early pioneers of home computing.
 Being asked to do lights  for Debbie Harry is the closest I've ever come to hero worship. And she was lovely.
 Aside from being a Perl programmer, I'm also a profession lighting engineer