Leslie Knope Compliment Generator
I'm a pretty big fan of NBC's Parks and Recreation and its lead character Leslie Knope. I'm an even bigger fan of her compliments, always positive, over the top, and involving some sort of animal. With this in mind, I built the Leslie Knope Compliment Generator.
Project Completed: June, 2018
Approximate Time: 2 days
Lines of Code: 100
About the Project
Armed with a list of animals, and a list of adjectives I curated to be positive, I built a simple API where anyone can pass in the name of a friend or colleague, and receive a Knope-style compliment back.
Here are a few compliments you get when you pass in the name “Ann”.
- Ann, you faithful hippopotamus.
- Ann, you energized worm.
- Ann, you self-disciplined boar.
- Ann, you knowledgeable crocodile.
- Ann, you pioneering lark.
The package also has the capability for multiple adjectives (anywhere from 1 to 5, and the option for a random number). In addition, there are also options for official compliments said by Leslie Knope herself, and one for alliteration.
Since I created the package, I’ve used it in two main projects. The first is a WordPress plugin called “Hello Leslie”. This plugin is almost identical to the “Hello Dolly” plugin found on all new WordPress installations by default, but replaces lyrics with compliments.
The second project was connecting it to my Facebook Messenger. Every day a select few of my friends get personalized compliments sent to them automatically. Here are a few example chat logs.