The Wire – HBO’s Groundbreaking Series

 

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The Wire
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As the senior director of IT solution delivery at Standard Insurance Company of Portland, OR, Graeme Queen oversees applications and support services for the firm’s business units. In his leisure time, Graeme Queen enjoys The Wire, a television series that ran for five seasons in the 2000s on HBO.

Ten years later, many critics still consider it to be among television’s finest series. Writing for Slate magazine, Jacob Weisberg praised the show for its portrayal of broken social institutions in the city of Baltimore.

The Wire takes an unflinching look at the isolation of the African-American underclass. While the show focuses on drug dealing and anti-narcotics police work, it also examines the city’s political and educational systems. Its multiplicity and richness of characters reminded some observers of Dickens.

Although its producers had to fight for renewal every season, The Wire has had a significant impact on Hollywood. It featured several black actors in its large cast, and boosted the careers of Michael K. Williams, Idris Elba, and Michael B. Jordan.

Winner of the prestigious Peabody Award in 2004, The Wire became more popular after its run on HBO, thanks to DVD sales and the then-new phenomenon of binge watching.

Breathing Tips for Runners

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A senior director at an Oregon-based application development and support services company, Graeme Queen oversees budgeting and handles setup and management of offshore development. An avid runner, Graeme Queen has competed in multiple marathons as well as 5K and 10K races.

In addition to proper form and appropriate footwear, proper breathing is key to success in any running endeavor. Running coaches recommend that runners employ deep belly breathing while running instead of chest breathing. Belly breathing allows for deeper breaths and ensures the body gets the oxygen it needs to stay active. On the other hand, lung expansion and therefore oxygen intake is limited with chest breathing.

To practice belly breathing, begin by lying on the floor and placing your hands on your stomach. Take a deep breath, making the belly expand, then exhale all the air in the lungs until the abdominal muscles contract. As you breathe in and out, you should see your hands rising on the stomach. Over time, you can consciously employ this breathing technique during short walks, jogs, and eventually runs.

In addition to breathing through the stomach, runners should breathe through the mouth instead of the nose. The mouth is capable of taking in more air and helps runners achieve maximum oxygen intake during a run.

How to Qualify for the Boston Marathon

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Boston Marathon
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Graeme Queen is an information technology professional who has mentored several coworkers into leadership positions in his capacity as a senior director. An avid runner, Graeme Queen is training to qualify for the Boston Marathon.

Because the Boston Marathon’s field size grew significantly throughout the 1960s, organizers instituted an official qualifying time in 1970. Interested participants were required to submit certification from their district or college coach or the Amateur Athletics Union’s long distance running chairman that they trained enough to complete the marathon within 4 hours. The qualifying time was shortened to 3 hours and 30 minutes the following year and continued to fluctuate for men and women of different age groups throughout the next few decades.

For the 2018 Boston Marathon, men between the ages of 18 and 34 must achieve a qualifying race time of 3 hours and 5 minutes, while men 80 and over are given a time of 4 hours and 55 minutes. The qualifying times vary by 5, 10, and 15 minutes for ascending age groups, which, starting at 35, are grouped by five-year periods. Women, meanwhile, receive an additional 30 minutes in each age group.

Aaron Paul as Jesse Pinkman in Breaking Bad

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Aaron Paul
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A senior director of an IT solution delivery team, Graeme Queen earned his MBA from Portland State University, where he was a member of Beta Gamma Sigma. In his free time, Graeme Queen enjoys watching drama series and counts Breaking Bad as one of his favorites.

Aaron Paul, who played Jesse Pinkman in the popular series, won three Primetime Emmy Awards for his portrayal of the character. Paul won the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series award in 2010, 2012, and 2014. It was a breakthrough role for the actor who had previously never had a lead role in a film or television series.

In fact, one of Paul’s minor roles earlier in his career played a part in him landing the role of Pinkman for Breaking Bad. In 2001, he played a guest role as David “Sky Commander Winky” Winkle on an episode of The X-Files, a show for which Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan wrote episodes. Gilligan recognized Paul when he came to audition for Breaking Bad, especially because the “Sky Commander Winky” moniker was the nickname of Gilligan’s real-life college friend.