Domino is a game of chance and skill played with a set of small rectangular blocks with a number of pips (or dots) on each end. Traditionally, domino is played with a double-twelve or a double-nine set, but larger sets also exist for players wanting to play longer games.
The game is played by two or more players who take turns placing dominoes on the table. A domino is played by positioning it on the edge of another domino so that one of its pips matches up to the number shown at an end of the preceding domino. As the dominoes are played they create a chain of matching ends which gradually increases in length. Each player may only play a tile which has upon it a number showing at one of these ends – the other end must be either empty or show some other number (normally useful to that particular player and distasteful to their opponents).
While many people think of domino as being just a simple game of luck and chance, the process behind this game is actually quite complex. Dominoes are a great example of how something simple and easy to understand can be very complicated and hard to master.
Lily Hevesh grew up playing with dominoes, and she was hooked on the simple pleasure of setting up a line of dominoes in a straight or curved row, flicking the first one and watching it fall – one after the other. Now, Hevesh, a professional domino artist, makes incredible arrangements of hundreds of thousands of dominoes. Her YouTube videos have garnered more than 2 million views.
To make her installations, Hevesh tests out each section of the design individually before she puts it all together. She then films each section in slow motion so she can make precise adjustments to the layout.
The main challenge in her work is to ensure that each domino will fall properly when it is hit. Hevesh explains that the key is to use gravity to her advantage. “Gravity is the dominant force in my dominoes,” she says. “If you hit them just right, they will fall perfectly.”
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When choosing what tasks to take on, Hevesh advises that good dominoes are those that contribute to a bigger goal and have a positive ripple effect. These are tasks that require a chunk of time and focus to complete, but once done will improve productivity and make completing future tasks much easier. For example, composing a manuscript could be a good domino, while creating a financial plan is another. Having both of these tasks completed will help to strengthen your finances and provide you with peace of mind in the long run.