Yet. For those who like to keep up to date on Shanghai-English-language-website news — yes, all three of you — head on over to Urbanatomy.com. That’s the future home of a new website from the folks at That’s Shanghai. And if Urbanatomy.com is as half as good as thatssh.com … someone seriously needs to be fired over there, because thatssh.com is really quite awful. But they know that — hence the new site. But why switch domains? Well, that’s where it gets a little “sensitive.” Supposedly the gubment (that is on Urban Dictionary) somehow owns the thatssh.com URL and wanted a little too much control over the site’s content. Same thing for thatsbj.com, which is why they changed to thebeijinger.com earlier this year. We have heard that the magazine will remain That’s Shanghai, but we have also heard that Urbanatomy will have one or more print titles, too (no word on the subject matter). Regardless, this is awesome news, because we all know this city needs more English language magazines, especially “famous” ones.
Our first impression of “urbanatomy” was to mentally misspell it. And so we were going to suggest to the That’s people that they also purchase urbananatomy.com as a backup, but some guy named Rusty Smith from Decatur, Georgia has owned it since 2004. But who are we to give advice on website names? The majority of people we talk to assume our website is called “Shanghai List” (or “Shanghaist,” which someone has already bought the URL for). A Google search shows that “urbanatomy” is not a new word (maybe this guy came up with it?) and it’s not even a new URL — someone let it expire earlier this year. And if you are wondering what the mysterious meaning behind the Chinese title of the site is, 无标题文档 means the site has no title. Anyway, we’re rambling now — we are in procrastination mode for another writing project. Here’s hoping that Urbanatomy.com is a solid addition to the Shanghai web scene. We’ll keep you (the three people still reading now) updated with news as we hear it.
Speaking of news, we have heard that SH mag’s head guy Michael Cole, who was with the magazine way back when it was known as That’s Shanghai (backstory here and here) is leaving or has left the magazine that he started. We don’t have any details other than he golfs a lot now. And this is old news, but some months ago City Weekend redesigned their website for the 17th time in a year and a half. The result is very Yelp-ish, and CW’s site remains the first one we turn to when in need of some kind of listing (until a better listings site comes along).