A domino (pronounced “dom-ee-NO-o”) is a flat, rectangular block that’s used as a gaming object. Dominoes can be made of rigid materials, such as wood, or of flexible materials, such as cloth. They are typically twice as long as they are wide, so that it’s easier to re-stack them.
Some people use dominoes in everyday games, such as laying out long lines and knocking them down. Others use them for a specific game, like 5s-and-3s or Double-Six.
While dominoes can be found in many different shapes, they’re usually rectangular and have a line down the middle to divide them visually into two squares. The tiles are numbered on one side and have a certain number of pips, or spots, on the other. In some variants, a tile’s pips may vary from six to none or blank.
The name domino comes from a game that was popular in France in the mid-18th century, and is believed to have been brought over from Italy by French prisoners of war. The word is also thought to be related to a similar game called “dim-o” or “sid-o”, which was played in Germany and Austria.
Lily Hevesh began playing with dominoes at the age of nine, and soon was obsessed with the art of setting them up in a series of straight or curved rows. She’d set up the rows in different colors, then flick the first domino to start the chain reaction.
Hevesh says she’s able to achieve her intricate installations because of one physical phenomenon: gravity. She starts by making tests of each section of an installation. She films each test, slow-motion, so she can make precise corrections when something doesn’t work right.
When she’s satisfied with the results of her tests, she begins putting them together. She starts with the biggest 3-D sections, then adds flat arrangements and finally the lines of dominoes that connect all the sections together.
She uses her experience to create displays that are both beautiful and functional. She’s worked on team projects involving 300,000 dominoes and helped set a Guinness World Record for the most dominoes toppled in a circular arrangement: 76,017.
This kind of creative play can be a powerful way to improve decision making. It can help you prioritize streams of ideas, and it might even change the way you think about yourself.
By following the Domino Effect, Lee created a cascade of new behaviors and beliefs in her own life. She started to believe that she was the kind of person who kept her house clean and organized, and she started to build identity-based habits in other areas.
What’s more, she started to believe in the power of her words, and that was a huge boost for her self-esteem and confidence. This led to her writing articles on her own blog and in print publications.
This kind of creativity can be a powerful tool for improving your business, too. By using the Domino Effect to prioritize your ideas, you can make sure that your most important work gets the attention it deserves. You’ll find that you’re more productive and your business thrives.