Category Archives: Hot Springs

Eric Rodenbeck in the tub

This Thursday night (Jan 30), we will be hosting Eric Rodenbeck — Founder, CEO and Creative Director of Stamen Design.

Stamen Design has been innovating (and yes, I use the word for its real meaning) interactive and print map design since 2001 with collaborators that range from the Exploratorium to the SFMOMA to to BMW. And Here are more of their projects.

Eric is an expert in creative data-visualization and mapping and has been doing it long-before it’s recent popularity. We are excited to have him in the tub.

We will be taking audience questions via Twitter @hottubpodcast (just mention us and we’ll capture your questions).



Eric’s full bio and information is here.


Harbin Hot Springs on Thanksgiving

This Thanksgiving weekend, I had an impromptu 2-day mini-vacation at Harbin Hot Springs. Harbin has amazing nature trails and, as the name implies, hot springs. The Yelp reviews describe the good, the bad and the weird of the place.


The meditation pool is a human soup — you quickly get accustomed to sharing a pool with a horde of naked bodies. When in Rome…


My recipe for soaking bliss was the hot plunge followed by the cold plunge. 5 cycles. Stay in each pool until you can’t stand the heat/cold. Your core temperature fluctuates wildly. By the 3rd round, you feel lightheaded and all transient thoughts melt away.