MysteryVibe is a British manufacturer of sex toys. MysteryVibe was founded by a group of researchers and designers. Inspired by trends in smartphones like Nokia Morph, the founders came up with the idea of creating a sex toy that would adapt to any body shape and vibrate to any pattern, they continued to research for a number of years before formally starting the company in May 2014, when they were incubated by London-based industrial design firm Seymourpowell. MysteryVibe released their iOS app on the Apple App Store in December 2015 and their Android app on Google Play in September 2016; the apps are designed without any adult themes to support MysteryVibe's wider goal of improving sex education for teenagers and are the only apps in their class to be rated 12+. Their apps have been downloaded more than 250,000 times since launch. MysteryVibe's flagship product, Crescendo, is the world's first vibrator that can be bent to adapt to any body shape. Crescendo was the first crowdfunding project to offer its backers 2 versions of their product: Pilot and Retail.
They ran what they called the #Pilot1000 programme for their first 1,000 users to get feedback on their Crescendo product. The #Pilot1000 users included both backers and experts. MysteryVibe gave all 1,000 users full access to their founding CEO with direct email and Skype, they used the feedback they received to make the final Retail Crescendo. Due to the lean model adopted by MysteryVibe with collectives and collaborations, they were able to build the company from a sketch to shipped products with less than £1m in funding, they were unique in raising 100% of the money from Angel investors without any recourse to Venture capital. As of Q2 2017, MysteryVibe has raised $3.5m in total funding. MysteryVibe has won numerous awards for their company and founders. Notable mentions are Red Dot, IDA Design, The Drum, Excellence in Design, their biggest recognition has been the Young Guns award. In June 2016, MysteryVibe became the first pleasure product to be featured by Virgin in their #VOOM competition.
They were showcased under the Export Awards category for exporting their products to over 50 countries worldwide. This led to their selection to the Hardware Club and a nomination for the'Best Hardware Startup' award at The Europas in London. MysteryVibe is the first brand in their category to have been featured on BBC. Ranked by European investors as No. 9 of the 100 Slush start-ups in Cofounder Magazine, MysteryVibe has been named as one of the "Top 100 Europe's hottest early-stage Founders" by PathFounders, Europas. They have been listed at No. 7 in the "12 days of start-ups: Spectacular businesses set for stardom in 2016"
Crescendo (Fitzpatrick novel)
Crescendo is a young adult paranormal romance novel by Becca Fitzpatrick and the second book in the Hush, Hush series. The book was first published on October 19, 2010 through Simon & Schuster and spent ten weeks on the New York Times Best Sellers list; the book was voted as one of the Young Adult Library Services Association's Teens’ Top Ten for 2011. Fitzpatrick told Metro France that she had to re-write the book from scratch after her editor hated the first version. Nora and Patch's relationship is threatened by his refusal to tell her that he loves her and by his new fascination with Marcie. Hurt, Nora begins hanging out with her old friend Scott, she discovers from Patch that Scott is indeed a Nephilim, but fires him as her guardian angel after she discovers him with Marcie. Nora is given a letter that tells her that the "Black Hand" killed her father and is further distraught when Patch appears to be going out with Marcie. Nora undergoes several attempts on her life as well as several intense interactions with Patch.
She tries to make him jealous by making out with Scott. Patch offers to go rogue for Nora in order to be with her, but is refused because she doesn't want to be the cause of his downfall, her feelings for Patch are more conflicted when Rixon, a boy that her best friend Vee is dating, tells her that Patch is the Black Hand. Her emotions are put into further turmoil when Marcie tells her that Nora's mother has been having an affair with Marcie's father Hank for eleven years, the cause of Marcie's hatred for Nora. Upset, Nora tries to break up with Patch when he tells her in a dream that he's Marcie's guardian angel, but he refuses; the book culminates in a showdown with her father's true killer, revealed to be Rixon. He tells her that not only was he behind all of the events in the book, but that he wants to use her as a sacrifice for a human body, he shoots Scott and Nora, who live, but is stopped by Patch. Rixon is sent to Hell; the book concludes with Scott leaving in order to avoid further issues with the police and Patch reuniting, Nora's biological father Hank asking Nora if she killed Chauncey.
Critical reception to Crescendo has been mixed, with Kirkus Reviews stating, "Just as the drawn-out plot answers Nora’s lingering questions, it introduces a new dilemma and opener for another sequel". The Manila Bulletin panned the novel, saying that "plot is an afterthought, while the News de Stars praised the entry as "easy and catchy". Official author's website
Crescendo (visual novel)
Crescendo: Eien Dato Omotte Ita Ano Koro is an adult Japanese visual novel written by Tomohiro Minakami and developed by Digital Object. It was released in Japan for Windows on September 28, 2001. A'Full Voice Version' of the game was released in Japan on July 25, 2003, including full voice acting and extended scenarios for each character; the voice assets from this version of the game, but not the extended scenarios, were utilized by G-Collections in their English translation of the game, released on October 20, 2003. A reprint version was released in Japan on March 4, 2005 and a Russian version was produced by Macho Studio in 2007; the game follows a student named Ryo Sasaki through the five days leading up to his high school graduation. The story is presented as text, laid over graphics of the player's current location and other characters who are present; the player progresses through the story and is presented with decisions that determine the path the game will take. Crescendo is told from a third person perspective.
This allows the game to shift to other characters' viewpoints from time to time. Most of the game is played from Ryo's point of view, though. Crescendo is a unique visual novel in that none of the background music used within the game were composed by Yoshio Tsuru for the purpose of the game; this game includes an in-universe nod to characters from an earlier Digital Object game Kana: Little Sister, where the player can watch a movie based on the lives of the characters from that game. Ryo was adopted by the Sasaki family as a baby, much to the delight of his new adoptive sister, Ayame, his new parents chose not to tell him that he was adopted, he didn't discover this fact until his teens. Ryo's life was shortly dealt another blow. Ayame abandoned her nursing studies in order to get a support Ryo through high school. One of the first people Ryo met at high school was Kaho Nagira, she begged him to join the literature club, in danger of being closed due to low membership. Surprising himself, Ryo agreed to join, he and Kaho became friends.
Ryo found it difficult to settle into life at his new school, sometimes had run-ins with other students. It was in the aftermath of one of these fights that he met the school nurse, Kaori Shito, the two struck up an unlikely friendship. Throughout his time at high school, Ryo visited her office in order to take naps and skip class, or to talk with her. In Ryo's third year of high school, Kyoko Ashihara joined the literature club, she was a friend of Kaho's. Ryo found himself touched by Kyoko's plight—living by herself, apart from both of her parents—and did his best to be kind to her. Ryo has a low opinion of Yuka Otowa, she is looked down upon at the school. However, at the same time, Ryo has found himself defending her to other people and helping her in times of crisis, though he doesn't understand why he bothers. Although Ryo once said he hated Yuka for what she does, his hatred disappears soon after. Tomonori Sugimura is Ryo's best friend at high school. After he met Kaho at the school festival, he asked Ryo to introduce the two of them properly, hoping to develop a relationship with her.
Ryo did so, despite his own interest in Kaho. Tomonori and Kaho started dating shortly thereafter. Miyu Shizuhara is a friend of Kaho's who Ryo met when he heard her playing the piano in the music room. Miyu warmed to him, they soon became friends. Ryo Sasaki A student in his third year of high school, he is the main protagonist of the game. Kaho Nagira Voiced by: Ai Uchikawa A cheerful girl, Ryo's classmate, she is president of the school's literature club, enjoys reading. She is dating Ryo's friend Tomonori. Kyoko Ashihara Voiced by: Tomomi Misaki A first-year high school student who tends to fall asleep easily, she is much taller than most girls her age, feels self-conscious about that fact. She and Kaho have been close friends since grade school. Yuka Otowa Voiced by: Izumi Yazawa Another third-year student at Ryo's high school, she is a prostitute. She has a bright carefree personality, she is the hooker with a heart of gold. Ayame Sasaki Voiced by: Ryōko Tanaka Ryo's older sister, she has dedicated her life to Ryo to her own detriment.
She and Ryo have an affectionate, if somewhat troubled, relationship. Kaori Shito Voiced by: Minami Hokuto The school nurse. Kaori attended the same nursing school as Ayame. Kaori has a no-nonsense attitude to life, which many students interpret as a cold nature. Ryo, who has visited her during his high school years, has seen through this and has a different opinion of her. Tomonori Sugimura Voiced by: Tomoyuki Fujiwaki Ryo's best friend; the captain of the school's basketball team. He is very popular with girls, but never had eyes for anyone until he met Kaho during a school festival. Miyu Shizuhara Voiced by: Sayaka Aoki Another third-year student, she is a talented pianist, hopes to become a concert performer one day. She has a frail constitution and is sick; because of this, Miyu's only friends are Ryo. Official website English translation official website Crescendo at The Visual Novel Database
Gold Mother is the third studio album from English band James released in June 1990 but with several important reissues prompted by the popularity of non-album singles. Receiving critical acclaim upon release, Gold Mother was placed by the NME at #5 in their list of Albums of the Year 1990; the front and back covers were created by Adrian Wilson using an early television graphics computer, the Quantel Paintbox. The album has a complicated release history, it was recorded for Rough Trade Records, but James asked to be released from their contract there and took the album with them to Fontana, who released it worldwide as Gold Mother. After the success of the Flood mix of "Come Home" and the non-album singles "Lose Control" and "Sit Down", it was re-released in May 1991. In the US and Canada, the 1991 re-release was called James, while in the rest of the world it retained the name Gold Mother. In both cases, the tracks "Crescendo" and "Hang On" were omitted and the tracks "Sit Down" and "Lose Control" were inserted, though in different places in the running order.
In 2001, it was re-released again with the revised Gold Mother running order and five bonus tracks, including the two excised. All tracks composed by Jim Glennie and Larry Gott. Gold Mother"Come Home" "Government Walls" "God Only Knows" "You Can't Tell How Much Suffering" "Crescendo" "How Was It for You" "Hang On" "Walking the Ghost" "Gold Mother" "Top of the World" James"Sit Down" "Come Home" "Government Walls" "God Only Knows" "You Can't Tell How Much Suffering" "How Was It for You" "Lose Control" "Walking the Ghost" "Gold Mother" "Top of the World" Gold Mother"Come Home" "Lose Control" "Government Walls" "God Only Knows" "You Can't Tell How Much Suffering" "How Was It for You" "Sit Down" "Walking the Ghost" "Gold Mother" "Top of the World" "Crescendo" "Hang On" "Come Home" "Lose Control" "Sit Down" "Come Home" "How Was It for You" "Come Home" "Lose Control" "Sit Down" vinyl LP – Fontana CD – Fontana cassette – Fontana US/CACD – Fontana CD – Fontana cassette – Fontana cassette – Fontana RoTWvinyl LP – Fontana CD – Fontana cassette – Fontana CD – Fontana Tim Booth – vocals Larry Gott – guitar Jim Glennie – bass guitar Saul Davies – guitar Mark Hunter – piano, keyboards Andy Diagram – trumpet Dave Baynton-Power – drums John Slater – percussion Martine McDonagh and Inspiral Carpets – backing vocals Vinny Corrigan – saxophone Cavanagh, David.
Sleeve Notes. Mercury Records. Official James Website
Catalyst is the brand for a variety of network switches sold by Cisco Systems. While associated with Ethernet switches, a number of different network interfaces have been available throughout the history of the brand. Cisco acquired several different companies and rebranded their products as different versions of the Catalyst product line; the original Catalyst 5000 and 6000 series were based on technology acquired from Crescendo Communications. The 1700, 1900, 2800 series Catalysts came from Grand Junction Networks, the Catalyst 3000 series came from Kalpana in 1994. In most cases, the technology for the Catalyst Switch was developed separately from Cisco's router technology; the Catalyst switches ran software called CatOS rather than the more known Cisco IOS software used by routers. However, this has changed. In some cases in the modular chassis switches, a configuration called'Hybrid' has emerged - this is where the layer 2 functions are configured using CatOS, the layer 3 elements are configured using IOS.
Native IOS can be found with newer software versions that have eliminated CatOS in favor of IOS on hardware that required CatOS. Some newer Catalyst switch models allow web-based management using a graphical interface module, hosted on a HTTP server located on the switch; the Catalyst 3750-series of switches is an example of a Cisco Catalyst switch that allows this style of GUI via HTTP. CatOS is the discontinued operating system for many of the Catalyst brand of legacy network switches. CatOS ran on 6500 series, it was called XDI by the switching company Crescendo Communications, Inc. Cisco renamed it to CatOS when they acquired Crescendo in late 1993. CatOS can still run on some of "hybrid" mode. In hybrid mode, the NMP runs CatOS and the route processor runs Cisco IOS; as Catalyst devices are Ethernet switches, all modern Catalyst models have Ethernet interfaces ranging from 10 Mbit/s to 100 Gbit/s depending on the model. Other models can support T1, E1, ISDN PRI interfaces to provide connections to the PSTN.
Legacy models supported a variety of interfaces, such as token ring, FDDI, Asynchronous Transfer Mode and 100BaseVG, but are no longer sold by Cisco Systems. All models are capable of switching Ethernet frames between ports. Found additional features are VLANs, trunking and QoS; the switches, whether IOS or CatOS, are manageable. Many Catalyst switches that run IOS are capable of functioning as a router, making them layer 3 devices. Depending on the exact software image, a Catalyst that runs IOS may be able to tackle large-scale enterprise routing tasks, using router technologies like OSPF or BGP. Most chassis-based Catalyst models have the concept of field-replaceable line cards. Mirroring most Cisco router designs, these work by separating the line cards and supervisor engine; the chassis provides power and a high-speed backplane, the line cards provide interfaces to the network, the supervisor engine moves packets, participates in routing protocols, etc. This gives several advantages: If a failure occurs, only the failed component needs to be replaced.
This means faster turnaround than replacing an entire switch. A redundant supervisor engine may be installed to recover from supervisor failures. A supervisor engine may be upgraded after purchase, increasing performance and adding features without losing any investment in the rest of the switch. Additionally, most high-end switches off-load processing away from the supervisors, allowing line cards to switch traffic directly between ports on the same card without using any processing power or touching the backplane. Catalyst switches offer advanced manageability; the switches can be configured using telnet or Secure Shell. Simple Network Management Protocol allows monitoring of many states, measurement of traffic flows. Many devices can run an HTTP server. Configuration of the switch is thus easy to audit. No special tools are required to generate a useful configuration. For sites with more than a few devices, it is useful to set up a Trivial File Transfer Protocol server for storing the configuration files and any IOS images for updating.
Complex configurations are best created using a text editor, putting the file on the TFTP server and copying it to the Cisco device. However, it can be noted. Cisco StackWise is a technology offered by Cisco Systems that allows some models of Catalyst series switches to operate as though they were one switch. One switch from the stack will act as the master switch; the master switch will maintain the stack and allow you to configure and monitor the whole stack as though one via a single console. This allows for more efficient management and provides more bandwidth between individual switches than other uplink technology. If one switch fails, the remaining switches will continue to operate by bypassing it. If the master switch fails, another switch in the stack will automatically take over as master; this feature means greater redundancy, as one switch's failure will not bring about a failure of the entire stack. As each switch contains the entire configuration for the stack, one of the benefits of this technology is the ability to replac
Crescendo is a 1970 British psychological thriller film directed by Alan Gibson and starring Stefanie Powers, James Olson and Margaretta Scott. It was made by Hammer Film Productions. Drawn to the spectacular south of France to research the late composer Henry Ryman, music student Susan Roberts encounters his son, drug-addicted Georges and his eccentric family. Investigating the haunting strains of an unfinished Ryman concerto leads Susan to discover an empty piano… and a brutally savaged mannequin! Georges tells her she's the lookalike of his lost love, but Susan may not be the only one at the villa with an eerie doppelgänger. Stefanie Powers... Susan Roberts James Olson... Georges / Jacques Margaretta Scott... Danielle Ryman Jane Lapotaire... Lillianne Joss Ackland... Carter Kirsten Lindholm... Catherine Alfred Shaughnessy wrote the script in the mid 60s. In 1966, Michael Reeves approached Hammer Films with the script. James Carreras could not get financing. In 1969, the project was reactivated, with Jimmy Sangster hired to rewrite the script and Alan Gibson to direct.
The film was released in the United States theatrically in the fall of 1972. In American theaters, it was paired with the Hammer vampire film Dracula A. D. 1972 starring Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing. Its performance at the box office was disappointing; the film was released to DVD by the Warner Archive Collection in March 2009. Crescendo on IMDb Crescendo at Hammer Films
Victoria Christina Hesketh, better known by her stage name Little Boots, is an English electropop singer-songwriter and DJ. She was a member of the band Dead Disco. Since performing as a solo artist she has released three albums, Hands and Working Girl and a number of associated EPs and remixes. Hesketh has toured internationally both as a DJ-only act as well as with a full band. Hands reached number five on the UK Albums Chart and the singles "New in Town" and "Remedy" became top twenty hits. Hesketh was born in Lancashire, her father has a car sales business and her mother is a writer. The oldest sibling with three brothers, she was raised in Lancashire. From the age of five, Hesketh played the piano and began lessons at six with Ruth Birchall taking lessons from Arthur Lingings and winning a music scholarship. During this time she was taught how to play the flute, was a member of the school choir and travelled to Manchester to take lessons on her harp. Trained in classical singing by Janet Wunderley, by the age of thirteen Hesketh was writing her own songs.
Hesketh attended the private Rossall School in Fleetwood, the public Blackpool Sixth Form College. Reaching the third round, she was eliminated by the producers of the show and did not reach the panel of judges, she stated, "It gave me a thicker skin and it made me realise that it wasn't a short cut to getting where I wanted to be."After singing with the Lancashire Youth Jazz Orchestra and performing with a jazz trio for some time Hesketh decided to prioritise her education and studied cultural studies at the University of Leeds, attaining a first-class honours degree. She subsidised her course by playing "awful, schmoozy lounge versions of Norah Jones songs" in hotels around the north-west. "It paid me loads of money, but it's not what I wanted to be doing" she said. It was during her time at Leeds University that Hesketh, along with two of her fellow students, formed the all-female band Dead Disco, Hesketh herself becoming the lead singer. While studying at the University of Leeds, Hesketh answered an online advertisement posted by Lucy Catherwood and Marie France looking for a lead singer to start a band.
Sharing an interest and love of The Killers, The Rapture and Siouxsie & the Banshees, they formed the electropunk band Dead Disco in August 2005, The band got their name through randomly picking words from a hat. With Dead Disco, Hesketh sang lead vocals and played synth, while Catherwood and Franceon played guitar and bass, respectively. With only a few songs written, Dead Disco began playing gigs around the north of England. Working with Ford in his London attic studio, the band issued a limited release of their debut single "The Treatment" in April 2006 on the record label High Voltage, their second release "City Place" was a digital-only release through Playlouder Records. With the success of several sell out gigs and an appearance at the Leeds Festival, the band moved to Los Angeles to begin recording their debut album with Greg Kurstin. However, it was around this time that Hesketh herself began to write songs not in keeping with the band's "indie" style. Choosing a new musical direction, Hesketh left Dead Disco.
In an interview with The Times, Hesketh spoke about her gradual shift away from the band: "All the time I'd been hiding my own songs and I had to make the sort of music I wanted to listen to. Before I used to always think,'What would a jazz performer do?' or'What would the band do?'—Now it's so easy because it's'What would I do?' It's just me." In a interview Hesketh noted that the bands' label was pressuring the group to have a certain style and that her bandmates lost confidence in her because she wanted to write "cheesy" songs. With her departure from Dead Disco in August 2007, Hesketh decided to begin a new solo career in pop, she returned to her parents' house to begin writing her own songs and posting covers on social networking sites such as YouTube and Myspace. Within a year she had narrowed down a list of her songs to create an album and by getting in touch with Greg Kurstin, with whom she had worked with Dead Disco, Hesketh started production on her debut album Hands. In early 2008 she began using the stage name Little Boots, which came from a nickname given to her by a friend, a reference to her unusually small feet.
She shares her nickname with the ancient Roman emperor Julius Caesar Augustus Germanicus, better known by his nickname Caligula. After appearing on several shows including Later... with Jools Holland and Last Call with Carson Daly, Hesketh entered production on her debut album Hands. The album was recorded in Los Angeles with Greg Kurstin and Joe Goddard, by January 2009 she had begun to compile the album's track listings. With increasing media attention regarding her then-yet-to-be-released debut album, Hesketh topped the BBC Sound of 2009 poll and received a Critics' Choice nomination at the 2009 BRIT Awards. Hands was released in June 2009, accompanied by a limited edition 12-inch vinyl release; the album peaked at number five on the UK Albums Chart and has produced the top twenty hit "New in Town" and top ten hit "Remedy". The album did well in Europe and Japan. In June 2009, Little Boots released an EP titled Illuminations in the United States and Canada, it includes "Stuck on Repeat", "New in Town", "M