"In order that the mind may not be taxed, moreover, by the manifold and confused reading of so many such things, and in order to prevent the escape of something valuable that we have read, heard, or discovered through the process of thinking itself, it will be found very useful to entrust to notebooks ... those things which seem noteworthy and striking."

[Commonplace books: Thomas Farnaby, 17th-century]

Mr. Yudhoyono has also raised eyebrows, not only by becoming Indonesia's first leader to record music while in office, but also by showing an extreme sensitivity to criticism. Early this month, Mr. Yudhoyono banned the presence of water buffaloes in public demonstration after protesters likened him to the beast.

[World leaders: Norimitsu Onishi, New York Times]

Posted by stronzo on 02.15.2010

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