Mike Sholars
Editor, writer, and part of The Huffington Post Canada's Custom Content team. Master of 1,000 useless facts. Raised by The Simpsons and Super Nintendo.

Proud columnist of It's All Geek To Me, running every Tuesday on the Huffington Post blogs vertical.

Uses Twitter for bad jokes.

Entries by Mike Sholars

It's All Geek To Me: Crowdfunding Is the Wild Wild West

(0) Comments | Posted April 9, 2014 | 12:47 PM


Let's get this out of the way: Video games are an art form. From games made by a single developer in charge of every aspect of the final product (graphics, music, programming) to those made by teams numbering in the hundreds and spread...

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It's All Geek To Me: [SPOILER ALERT] Why Pop Culture Has A Time Limit

(0) Comments | Posted March 20, 2014 | 5:34 PM

The marketing departments of various television networks have worked for years to sell the idea of "Must-See TV." The phrase has had many iterations, from Watercooler Television to Appointment TV. But it all boils down to the same sentiment: "If you miss this show, it is increasingly unlikely that anyone...

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It's All Geek To Me: Surprise! Everything You Own is a Lie!

(3) Comments | Posted February 26, 2014 | 4:38 PM

Here's a fun question (Warning: Rhetorical Device, May Not Be Fun) for you: How many of your digital belongings do you actually own? Write out a list of the shows and movies you've watched, the eBooks you've read, the games and apps you've played, and the music you've listened to...

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It's All Geek To Me: The Golden Age Of Animated Television

(0) Comments | Posted February 21, 2014 | 4:39 PM


We're living in the golden age of television.

From Breaking Bad to The Sopranos, from Mad Men to House of Cards, critics have been quick to laud the last decade or so as the best in television history. And who am I to argue, despite...

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It's All Geek To Me: We're All Gamers Now (And That's Okay)

(1) Comments | Posted February 12, 2014 | 11:28 AM


Gamer. Depending on where you say it, the word can be anything from an honourable title to a cuss word. In some small circles, it can even be a surprisingly-entertaining sci-fi action thriller starring Gerard Butler and Dexter's Michael C. Hall (warning:...

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It's All Geek To Me: Why Aren't Comic Book Movies Creating Comic Book Fans?

(1) Comments | Posted February 4, 2014 | 1:03 PM

Comic books -- they're so hot right now. Or, at least, comic book characters are.

Let me explain. The Avengers is currently the third-highest grossing movie of all time, but it serves as merely a high-water mark in a trend that has been brewing for the last 15 years. Not...

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'The Simpsons' Christmas Episodes: It's The Most Cromulent Time Of The Year

(0) Comments | Posted December 19, 2013 | 2:08 PM

The very first full-length episode of "The Simpsons" ever aired (that’s right, trivia nerd; no one actually counts the bizarre Tracey Ullman Show shorts) was a Christmas episode, "Simpsons Roasting On An Open Fire." That episode, which ends with the titular family adopting a greyhound named Santa’s Little...

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Kickstarter Canada's First 3 Months: The Funded, The Funding, And The Fallen

(0) Comments | Posted December 19, 2013 | 1:13 PM

Kickstarter, the crowdfunding website that has served as a platform for thousands of projects to date, just celebrated three months of operation in Canada, and by all accounts its expansion north of the border has been met with considerable success.

There are currently more than 550 active Canadian...

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Faking Bad: Why I Lie About Watching Great Shows

(6) Comments | Posted October 11, 2013 | 1:57 PM

Two weeks ago, in advance of the show's last episode, I had a long talk with a co-worker about Breaking Bad. We shared theories (I believed Marie would play a major role in the finale), discussed the show's intentional colour palette (have you noticed that Walt started off in White...

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TIFF Reviews From a Hat: Short Cuts Canada Programme 1, or Why I Don't Get Art

(0) Comments | Posted September 16, 2013 | 6:20 PM

I am not a smart man.

This is important to establish up front. It will explain situations like when I tried to enter the Bell Lightbox via the celebrity red carpet entrance (twice) only to be gently pushed away by one of Ron Howard's bodyguards (twice), or when I stood...

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Blackface, Pastagate -- What Does Quebec Stand For?

(25) Comments | Posted May 29, 2013 | 2:03 PM

The most surprising thing about the newest Quebec scandal is how completely typical it has become. Quebec is the Cosmo Kramer of provinces; the zany antics are played out, and now we're just left with the unsettling racism.

For the second time this year, la belle province has made headlines...

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