It’s the middle of August. We’re a good 10 weeks from the autumnal equinox, three months from Thanksgiving, and less than 45 days past the halfway point of 2011. The Ricky’s stores in NYC haven’t yet changed the clothes on the ridiculously proportioned mannequins in their storefronts from whatever the sexually active kids are wearing these days to Halloween costumes geared towards post-college females. Still, Time Magazine thought today was a good day to proclaim the best websites of 2011. We can fault the publication’s odd exuberance to see the end of the year, but we can’t fault a handful of their choices.

My Damn Channel, Howcast, Big Think, and The Escapist all made Time’s list of top 50, to reside alongside other such web gems as Dear Photograph, turntable.fm, and Grantland. Here’s a big congrats to the good people at some of online video’s finest companies and to some readers of Time tuning into their offerings in the four-and-a-half months left in 2011 and beyond.

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