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On The Verge, Episode 006: Damon Lindelof, Masi Oka, and Marco Arment

On The Verge, Episode 006: Damon Lindelof, Masi Oka, and Marco Arment


On The Verge returns with its biggest show ever. Damon Lindelof talks Lost and Prometheus, Masi Oka takes a trip to the Museum of the Moving Image, and Marco Arment joins us in studio to talk about Instapaper and Tumblr.

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On The Verge 6
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We've crammed more content into this episode of On The Verge than anyone believed was humanly possible. No, really. Josh talks to Lost creator and Prometheus screenwriter Damon Lindelof about Alien, Ridley Scott, prequels, and what exactly happened on the island (fair warning, there are a ton of Lost spoilers).

If that wasn't enough show, Paul takes a trip to the Museum of the Moving Image with Masi Oka, Nilay hits the streets to ask if people about lying on their resumes, the trio predicts the names of future babies, and Marco Arment sits on the couch and talks about the early days of Tumblr, Instapaper, and his most valuable resource: time.

We also have great music from Infinity Shred (you can listen to them out on iTunes or Spotify).

Okay, you know how this works. Just below we've provided you with the full episode, as well as all the clips you could ask for. Go ahead, watch the show out of order. We don't mind.

BONUS: The chat with Damon Lindelof in this episode is only 1/3rd the length of the full interview! We've embedded two longer clips from the full piece below, and if you're still hungry for more, you can check out the full 64-minute interview here.

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Producer: Chad Mumm
Director: Billy Disney
Production Manager: Nina Sokoler
Senior Producer: Creighton DeSimone
Segment Producers: Billy Disney, Jordan Oplinger,
Sam Thonis, John Lagomarsino
Editors: Billy Disney, Jordan Oplinger
Executive Producers: Chad Mumm and Joshua Topolsky

Special Guests: Damon Lindelof, Masi Oka, Marco Arment
Hosts: Joshua Topolsky, Nilay Patel, Paul Miller
Musical Guest: Infinity Shred

Lighting design: Matt Piercy for Vibrant Design
Makeup: Sasha Grossman

Opening titles: Misha Shyukin

Additional Music: "Galeforce" "Pathfinder"

Filmed at BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center

Today’s Storystream

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Season 34 of The Simpsons kicked off on Sunday night with an opening credits “couch gag” based on the offline dino game from Google’s Chrome browser. Cactus, cactus, couch, d’oh! Perfect.

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Table breaks before Apple Watch Ultra’s sapphire glass.

”It’s the most rugged and capable Apple Watch yet,” said Apple at the launch of the Apple Watch Ultra (read The Verge review here). YouTuber TechRax put that claim to the test with a series of drop, scratch, and hammer tests. Takeaways: the titanium case will scratch with enough abuse, and that flat sapphire front crystal is tough — tougher than the table which cracks before the Ultra fails — but not indestructible.

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Rihanna’s headlining the Super Bowl Halftime Show.

Apple Music’s set to sponsor the Halftime Show next February, and it’s starting out strong with a performance from Rihanna. I honestly can’t remember which company sponsored the Halftime Show before Pepsi, so it’ll be nice to see how Apple handles the show for Super Bowl LVII.

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The Elon Musk-owned satellite internet service, which covers all seven continents including Antarctica, has now made over 1 million user terminals. Musk has big plans for the service, which he hopes to expand to cruise ships, planes, and even school buses.

Musk recently said he’ll sidestep sanctions to activate the service in Iran, where the government put restrictions on communications due to mass protests. He followed through on his promise to bring Starlink to Ukraine at the start of Russia’s invasion, so we’ll have to wait and see if he manages to bring the service to Iran as well.

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Emma RothSep 25
We might not get another Apple event this year.

While Apple was initially expected to hold an event to launch its rumored M2-equipped Macs and iPads in October, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman predicts Apple will announce its new devices in a series of press releases, website updates, and media briefings instead.

I know that it probably takes a lot of work to put these polished events together, but if Apple does pass on it this year, I will kind of miss vibing to the livestream’s music and seeing all the new products get presented.

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California Governor Gavin Newsom vetoes the state’s “BitLicense” law.

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Looking for something to do this weekend?

Why not hang out on the couch playing video games and watching TV. It’s a good time for it, with intriguing recent releases like Return to Monkey Island, Session: Skate Sim, and the Star Wars spinoff Andor. Or you could check out some of the new anime on Netflix, including Thermae Romae Novae (pictured below), which is my personal favorite time-traveling story about bathing.

A screenshot from the Netflix anime Thermae Romae Novae.
Thermae Romae Novae.
Image: Netflix