Domino, a small rectangular block used in various gaming and construction activities. Also known as bones, cards, men, tiles, or stones, it has a line down its center and either blank or bears from one to six pips (or dots). A domino set usually contains 28 pieces, although some sets contain fewer.
In a game of domino, players place tiles, called “dominoes,” on a table or other surface. Each domino has a value indicated by the arrangement of dots or pips on its two opposite sides. The values are added together to form a total, which may be used to mark points in the game or to determine the winner of a particular match. A domino that is marked with more pips is said to be higher in value than a domino that is marked with less.
Aside from the games, dominoes can be used for decorative purposes, such as building a tower of them to form a name or image. They can also be arranged to create artistic designs, such as straight lines, curved lines, grids that form pictures when they fall, or 3D structures like pyramids and towers.
In terms of business, Domino’s grew rapidly in the 1960s after being founded by Tom Monaghan in Ypsilanti, Michigan. In the early days, the company focused on putting pizza shops in areas where college students lived. This strategy allowed Domino’s to establish a strong customer base that fueled further growth.
However, the company faced challenges in the late 1980s, and its stock began to decline. In order to reverse this, the company implemented several strategies. Among these were revamping its leadership training program and speaking with employees directly to learn what was going wrong. These changes helped Domino’s get back on track and regain its strength in the market.
Domino’s success can be attributed to its focus on customer needs and its willingness to change when necessary. To this day, the company still emphasizes these core values and continues to innovate by experimenting with new delivery methods, such as drones and robotic pizza-making.
Writing Tip for Today
Have you ever seen a domino effect video on YouTube, where the first domino is tipped just enough to cause the rest to collapse in a beautiful cascade of rhythmic motion? This is a good analogy for how story scenes should work. If a scene doesn’t add to the overall narrative or move the plot forward, it can end up as a flat and boring domino that falls flat on its face. For writers who don’t use outlines or tools like Scrivener to help them plot, it can be easy to end up with scenes that don’t have enough momentum. To fix this, try a technique called scene cards. Write one sentence describing the main action of each scene, then lay them out in order and step back. You’ll start to see how each scene builds on the next, and you’ll be able to weed out any that don’t have enough momentum or impact.