This is a picture of Hank. Hank is a
mannequin. Hank was purchased by the Speech Group at Sun
Microsystems Laboratories in Massachusetts for a project
that involved people talking to their offices. Initial studies suggested
that people were freaked out by having a conversation with a room. It was
suggested that perhaps these people would be more comfortable speaking
with a dummy . So Nicole
Yankelovich purchased Hank  to act as the dummy.
Unsurprisingly, Hank turned out to have a million and one uses. When
Steele returned from vacation, he was startled to discvover that Hank
had taken over his office, munching on Guy's bowl of mixed nuts. 
Around the same time, the security folks at Sun had changed the emergency
phone number. Instead of informing everyone via email, as would be sensible
in a major computer company that helped form the foundation of the Internet,
they made up thousands of little laminated cards, which they distributed
 to every single employee inside a plastic case made
to look like a giant medicine capsule. Ken
Arnold went through the building and collected each and every one of
the pill capsules on the grounds that they had to be useful for something.
That use became apparent the next week.
Throughout the summer, the researchers and interns at the various Boston
area computer research labs took turns visiting each
other. The hosts would give talks and demos on the current research going
on there. It was Sun's turn to host on a Thursday soon after the capsule
delivery. The Speech group knew we had to include Hank in these activities,
but adding the capsules was a last minute thought. As our guests arrived
they were greeted by the sight of Hank face down in a bowl of pills, with
a half empty beer. And that is the photo you see here.