first(?) pic of stephanie march on set

From SVU’s production blog latest entry which was a twofer – announcing the return of Mariska and a cam-phone ‘razzi style photo of Stephanie March doing her thing:

stephanie march on SVU set

Quick, let’s all speculate – is that Jack McCoy’s office? Who else could it be? Perhaps she’s in Judge Donnelly’s office? Man, she looks hot in that suit.

OK, so that last one wasn’t so much speculating as it was a foregone conclusion. teehee.

The BAD NEWS: According to the blog, the first eps to feature Ms. March will air March 10th and not, as previously reported, on February 17th.

i object to your objections

I finally know what PAS stands for – Protest Anything Subversive.

PAS to protest against Rihanna concert (The Star):

PETALING JAYA: The Government has given the green light for the Rihanna Live in Kuala Lumpur concert but the Federal Territory PAS Youth will still demonstrate against it.

The PAS wing had earlier handed a memorandum to the local sponsor of the concert Celcom (M) Berhad on grounds that it was not suitable for local culture and disrespectful of the Palestinians (WHAT. DA. FUCK? -ed).

… “Even if she wore a headscarf here, we know it is not her real self because she performs differently in other places,” he said, adding that they had sent a memorandum to the Religious Affairs Department to have a standard guidelines for such concerts.

So anyways, I’m all like lollerskates!! How many times have we read about their idle protests? I’ve lost count. But the last one was Avril Lavigne, was it not? And remember, before that it was Gwen Stefani. I might’ve missed a few in between but yea… you get the picture.

Also, can someone PLEASE explain to me that whole Palestinian drop-in? It is entirely too random. Seriously, what are these people shoving up their ass to hallucinate like this?

best. quotes. ever. – inauguration edition

Reverand Lowery towards the end of the inauguration benediction:

“Lord, in the memory of all the saints who from their labors rest, and in the joy of a new beginning, we ask you to help us work for that day when black will not be asked to get in back, when brown can stick around … when yellow will be mellow … when the red man can get ahead, man; and when white will embrace what is right. That all those who do justice and love mercy say Amen.”

Amen! Now pass that joint, brother.

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On the Daily Show, Jon Stewart interviews Bishop Gene Robinson.

Stewart: So tell me, sir… wasn’t it uncomfortable for you today… in that we all know a bishop can only move diagonally?

At this point you’re thinking, oh god, Stewart’s reaching and it’ll bomb. But THEN….

Bishop Robinson: Jon, you’re forgetting… there’s also a queen on the board.

Ba dum pum!

(The Bishop is a gay man in case the joke did not come through. But oh my god, that was funny as hell.) Watch the entire segment with Bishop Robinson on The Daily Show’s website.

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One last thing of note – The Daily Show was the only place I saw that called out the rhetoric-B.S. in Obama’s speech while the other “real” news were falling over themselves proclaiming the new administrations foreign policy departure from Bush.

In summary: Uh, they said the same thing. Only, Bush didn’t do what he said he was gonna do. So let us now HOPE President Obama is a man of his words. Still, to have the press being outwardly orgasmic on camera over Obama’s words shows shows our incredible ability for selective memory. Give the man some time in office before proclaiming that his way will be different. I want to believe, ya know?

oh no, not again*

Dear Detective Benson, please stop going undercover. Hot though you may have looked in that outfit but… a Madame?? For serious? It’s such a cheap ploy for 2 minutes of storyline to get people to watch an ailing show (the return of a certain hot ADA withstanding).

I know your writers are running out of ideas but the least they could do is send the other detectives out in a hoochie mama dress. Detective Stabler’s long legs would look hot in fishnets.

Again, please, no more going undercover. Unless, it’s under *my* covers… nudgenudgewinkwink

To your alter ego, Mariska, I’m sending prayers and appealing thoughts as recommended by Richard Belzer. A punctured lung doesn’t sound like much fun.

*props to those who get the X-Files reference

OH EM EFF GEE! aka my Stephanie March dream comes true

*insert the MOTHER of ALL SnoopyHYappyDance here*

Ladies and gentlemen, eight months later Operation Bring Back Alex Cabot has met its objective!

From the Associated Press:
STEPHANIE MARCH RETURNS TO ‘SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT’
By LYNN ELBER

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Stephanie March is back on the job as New York prosecutor Alexandra Cabot on “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.”

March will guest star on NBC’s top-rated drama for six episodes, beginning Feb. 17, series executive producer Neal Baer said Thursday. The show airs at 10 p.m. EST Tuesday.

The actress compared the program to “an old flame.”

“Every time I run into it I think, ‘Hmmm, what if?’ I look forward to spending some time working with a production that has always been so rewarding for me,” March said in a statement.

She starred on “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” for four seasons, leaving the show in 2003 as her character was forced into witness protection because of efforts to break a drug cartel.

In a 2005 episode, Cabot came out of the protection program to testify against the head of the cartel, who ultimately was killed in prison. March also briefly reprised the role of Cabot on NBC’s drama “Conviction,” which aired in 2006.

As Baer tells it, Cabot wasn’t ready until now to put her difficult experience behind her and return to work with her former special victims unit colleagues. He welcomed having Cabot’s “commanding presence” back in the courtroom, Baer said.

During Cabot’s return, prosecutor Kim Greylek (Michaela McManus) will be temporarily on assignment in Washington, D.C., working with the Justice Department.

March, who is married to celebrity chef Bobby Flay, appears in the upcoming movie “This Side of Truth” with Ricky Gervais and has guest-starred in series including “30 Rock,” “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Rescue Me.”

Excuse me. I need to go roll on the floor in fits of giggles now. Meg has decided to join me in this.

ding dong the DRM-witch is dead

I’ve been railing again the iTunes store and sworn off buying music from it because of its DRM locked files that won’t play on anything except iPods. Since last fall I’ve been buying music from Amazon and telling everyone else that would listen to do the same.

Well, at the latest MacWorld (in which the biggest news was Steve Jobs’ absence and preceding that was this being Apple’s final appearance at MacWorld) it was announced that Apple will drop DRM from the music store. But at a price – an increase of about 30 cents. So the new songs will now cost $1.29 – not counting the tax.

So. I think I’ll stick with Amazon for now.

In preparation for landing, II: Burp

Can I just say, this stuff is the shizz:

ibumie har mee

Supposedly it’s available at Jusco for RM2.70, according to the blogger I stole this picture from. But me, it seems I’ve reached the point in life where I can buy instant noodles without looking at how much they will set me back. I don’t know how much I paid for these at my local Asian supermarket, but I was stocking up and spent $15 on specialty instant-noodle varietals. I’m guessing they came in at $4-5 for the packet of 5. All I know is, I rounded the corner and the words “Mi Perisa Udang. Ho Liao!” were staring me in the face. Reflexively, I reached out.

~

Once home my noodles were a-simmering before I had time to put my other groceries away. I tossed in a fistful of taugeh and some ultrasoft tofu for bulk (too impatient to bother with a sliced hard-boiled egg and prawns). The product info says it does contain MSG but I’ve never had MSG headaches or any of the other symptoms that some people seem to get.

*Slurp slurp* ahh..~~

Ibumie Penang Prawn Mee! Full of prawny goodness!

hot is

Gerard Butler.

You may know him from the freakishly bromantic film, 300. He was the freakishly ripped King Leonidas.

I saw him on P.S. I Love You. Didn’t care for the movie but his character is so totally yummeh-licious. Even when he’s dead. (Don’t worry, I didn’t spoil nothing for you) Maybe it’s the fake Irish brogue he does.

Anyway. Hot is Gerard Butler.

Er.

In preparation for landing, I’ve had a lot of correspondence from home recently. And the one trend I’ve noticed is the flagrantly abusive misuse (superlatives much?) of the word “revert”. As in:

XYZ company says: “Thank you for your email.
We will be reverting to you on your enquiry / booking as soon as possible.”

Even my mother is like, “Pls revert” in her email messages to me.

So I’m like, wtf. And I go looking on MerriamWebster.

Main Entry: reĀ·vert
1 : to come or go back (as to a former condition, period, or subject)
2 : to return to the proprietor or his or her heirs at the end of a reversion
3 : to return to an ancestral type

And its synonym? Regress.

No smart-ass observations on how this might be a Freudian-slip type remark on the state of the country in general. Please. FFS. Make it stop already! I want a reply. A response. But certainly not a reversion.

Maybe I’ll put that in my email signature.