etmax, I understand your wife's phobia. I don't have that one, but I used to be terrified of heights. You won't find me sitting on the edge of the Grand Canyon or driving a couple of inches from the edge of a narrow mountain road next to a cliff. For some reason, though, the fear is now a lot less intense than it used to be. Phobias can be really tough to deal with.
Thanks, I do appreciate the difficulty people have with phobias, they are at a deeply subconscious level and I understand that you might be paralysed by those fears, I feel for those that can't control it. My GLW (that's good lady wife :-) and I went on a cruise to Vanuatu and decided to do a bit of scuba diving (neither of us had tried it before) and she had to give it up because she couldn't overcome the fear of drowning when she went down. I felt bad for her because she so wanted to do it. Never mind, we are all lucky enough to be able choose a living location that avoids our fears.
etmax, no need to apologize for your sense of humore. But you and I live on very different planets when it comes to spiders. Like others with arachnophobia, I have the same response to spiders, especially big ones, that I would to a venomous snake, and it's entirely outside my control.
Of course, I do understand that and would not have thought differntlty of you. I merely meant that I give them a lot of leeway because of that, and control my natural fear. I'm sure my heartrate increases when I pick up a 4" spider and put it outside after it's been hanging above my head for a few days, but it's a measured response and I am getting more used to it. I still remember the first time when my brother told me as a kid that I should treat them gently and put them out and I let one walk on my hand and it ran up my arm towards my neck but then stopped. Real scary moment, but I held my cool. I must apologise for my larrikin nature, I enjoy freaking people out with creepy crawly stories, but they are all true.
William, I'd forgotten about the Hounds in F451--probably on purpose. I do remember them now and think they were much scarier back then when we didn't have the imagery we do now to inspire our reading, before the high-quality SFX we get now in sci-fi movies. I'm very grateful they're not actualized!
Daniyal_Ali, thanks for the updated info. I think I read about the interfaced cockroaches in 2012, but hadn't seen anything since. Creepy, yes (both the bugs and the idea of interfacing to them) but also fascinating.
Ann, Consider the "hound" robots in the book, and the movie, I guess, "Fahrenheight 451".Every bit of that technology is available today, but fortunately for all of us it is not put into that kind of package. We should b very greatful for that.
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