The Art of Dominoes

A domino is a small rectangular tile with a number of dots on one or both ends. These dots are called pips and are used to determine the value of a tile or a pair of tiles when played together. In a domino game, the first player starts by placing one of his or her tiles on the table. Each subsequent player places their dominoes, edge to edge, against the last tile of the previous player (or “a partner”) so that each has at least one matching side to the exposed end of the next tile in a line. This line is referred to as a domino chain or simply a domino row.

Each of the pips on the ends of a domino can form a number, and each game has specific rules for determining the value of a piece or a pair of pieces. In some games, each domino must touch two matching pieces, while in others the only requirement is that each side of a domino be touching another, with all the pips on both sides matched. Dominoes are also used in games of chance or skill, including a version of solitaire and trick-taking games that circumvent religious prohibitions on playing cards.

While most people associate domino with the simple game of 21, there are actually many different types of domino. The earliest known set was developed in China in the 12th or 13th century, and is said to have been presented by a statesman to the Emperor Hui Tsung. The Chinese dominoes were later introduced to other countries in the region.

The word domino probably derives from the Latin dominus, or master. Its vocative, domine, became the Scottish and English dominus, and its ablative, domino, evolved into the French and Italian domino. In modern times, the word has been adopted as the name of the board game as well as its corresponding sets.

Hevesh makes a test version of each part of the installation before putting it all together. Using a video camera to record the process allows her to watch each section and make precise corrections as needed. Once the largest 3-D sections are up, she adds flat arrangements and then finally the lines of dominoes that connect the entire piece.

Domino’s is a company that has made a commitment to listening to their customers. The CEO of the company has even gone as far as to appear on the reality show, Undercover Boss, where he sent himself out to work at one of their restaurants and observe how they interact with their customers.

When he notices that an employee is struggling with a particular problem, he immediately puts in place a new system to help the worker with his or her issue. This type of direct communication with the employees and with their customers is one of the most important ways that Domino’s stays on top of the competition. The same line of communication extends to their delivery service as well.