No offense to Matt or Dolly, but I got tired of the included “Hello, Dolly!” plugin. I modified the code and replaced them with an excerpt of Theodore Roosevelt’s “Citizenship in a Republic” instead.

I’m also using Syntax Highlighter Evolved by Alex Mills to feature the code used. I figured, while this may not be a full-scale development blog, while not include code as a portfolio item as well since coding in general requires a certain degree of creativity and can be considered as an art into itself.


 * @package Teddy_Critic
 * @version 1.0


Plugin Name: Teddy Critic
Plugin URI:
Description: A plugin inspired by <cite>Matt's Mullenweg's</cite> original <cite>Hello Dolly</cite> plugin.
Author: Ednalyn C. De Dios
Version: 1.0
Author URI:


function teddy_critic_get_quote() {
	/** This  quote from my dear ol' friend Theodore Roosevelt */
	$quotes = "It is not the critic who counts;
	not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles,
	or where the doer of deeds could have done them better.
	The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena,
	whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood;
	who strives valiantly; who errs,
	who comes short again and again,
	because there is no effort without error and shortcoming;
	but who does actually strive to do the deeds;
	who knows great enthusiasms,
	the great devotions;
	who spends himself in a worthy cause;
	who at the best knows in the end
	the triumph of high achievement,
	and who at the worst, if he fails,
	at least fails while daring greatly,
	so that his place shall never be
	with those cold and timid souls
	who neither know victory nor defeat.";

	// Here we split it into lines
	$quotes = explode( "\n", $quotes );

	// And then randomly choose a line
	return wptexturize( $quotes[ mt_rand( 0, count( $quotes ) - 1 ) ] );

// This just echoes the chosen line, we'll position it later
function teddy_critic() {
	$chosen = teddy_critic_get_quote();
	echo "<p id='teddy'>$chosen</p>";

// Now we set that function up to execute when the admin_notices action is called
add_action( 'admin_notices', 'teddy_critic' );

// We need some CSS to position the paragraph
function teddy_css() {
	// This makes sure that the positioning is also good for right-to-left languages
	$x = is_rtl() ? 'left' : 'right';

	echo "
	<style type='text/css'>
	#teddy {
		float: $x;
		padding-$x: 15px;
		padding-top: 5px;		
		margin: 0;
		font-size: 11px;

add_action( 'admin_head', 'teddy_css' );


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