About the Artwork

The artwork in the upper left corner of the site page is a print by the Japanese artist Kuniyoshi, representing the last stand of the Kusunoki clan at the battle of Shijo Nawate in 1348.

The Kusunoki were a famous samurai family, legendary archers and upholders of the samurai ethos. Dutifully supporting The Emperor Go-Daigo in his attempt to re-assume power from the Ashikaga Shogunate, the Kusunoki threw their forces knowingly behind a doomed cause - because they felt it was the right thing to do. At the battle of Minatogawa, Kusunoki Masahige, the clan's war-chief, performed a legendary last stand against tremendous odds, and died by his own hand of hara-kiri. Six months later, the remainder of the Kusunoki led by Masatsura stood surrounded under a hail of arrows and were wiped out.

"I could not return, I presume,
So I will keep my name
Among those who are dead with bows
."

Masatsura used an arrrowhead to write his farewell poem on the door of a temple at Nyoirin-ji. It is preserved to this day and has become a destination for those who appreciate noble efforts in the face of a lost cause.

Internet security, while not as overtly martial as samurai warfare, is as much of a losing battle as any other in the history of warfare. I dedicate this podcast to all of those who keep fighting the good fight, even though they know how it's going to end. For every security practitioner who's thought, "I don't know why I bother, but - someone has to say this..." before speaking up in a meeting - this podcast's for you.