It seems all the cool kids are doing this, so why not:
1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open the book to page 23.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the sentence in your journal along with these instructions.
"Thus a nation could use its vessels in one area to raid foreign shores and capture ships and cargoes, while in another area it used them only for peaceful trade or its protection." - Frederic C. Lane, Venice: A Maritime Republic
This book isn't mine, but after paging through it I am rather intrigued and may steal it from Geoffrey.