Dominos are flat, thumb-sized rectangular blocks that bear from one to six pips (dots) on one side and are blank or identically patterned on the other. They are usually twice as long as they are wide, making them easier to stack and re-stack after use. A domino set contains 28 pieces. People play a variety of games with them, using rules and scoring systems that differ according to the game. The individual dominoes are also known as bones, cards, men, or tiles.
A domino is a type of puzzle that allows children to develop hand-eye coordination, spatial awareness and motor skills. In addition, they can learn the value of teamwork and the importance of completing tasks in orderly sequences. They can also create art using dominoes, creating curved lines, grids that form pictures and 3D structures like towers and pyramids.
The name “domino” derives from the Latin word for “falling.” In a domino setup, each domino has potential energy that resists motion until a tiny nudge, such as an accidental bump or a finger tapped on the edge of the table, causes it to fall over. Some of that energy is transmitted to the next domino, giving it the push it needs to topple the rest of the dominoes in its line-up. This continuous transfer of energy from domino to domino is what makes a chain of dominoes grow and continue falling until the last one reaches the floor.
As a result of this energy transfer, the final domino often has the most pips and thus the highest score of all the dominoes on the board. The player who has the highest score at the end of a round wins the game. The game is normally played until one player chips out, meaning that he or she has played all of his or her remaining dominoes.
During his time as CEO of Domino’s, Doyle worked to make the company more employee-friendly. He introduced a new leadership training program and listened to employees, focusing on what they wanted the company to do better. For example, he made sure that Domino’s locations were near colleges to reach students, and he relaxed the dress code for workers.
The Domino Effect
When Hevesh builds a mind-blowing domino arrangement, she follows a sort of engineering-design process to ensure that everything works. She starts by considering the theme or purpose of the installation. Then she tests different sections of the design. Once she’s satisfied that each section works, she puts it all together. The bigger 3-D arrangements go up first, then the smaller flat arrangements and finally the lines of dominoes that connect them all together.
When she is working on a project that requires a large amount of planning, Hevesh will start by identifying the most important tasks and ranking them. This allows her to focus on the most important task each day until it is completed. Then she can move onto the next task on her list.