Rocco Tripaldi

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Hello. My name is Rocco Tripaldi and I work for Automattic helping to make Jetpack awesome. I launched this website in May, 2013 as a place to store my family recipes, and to showcase some of my favorite software projects that I’ve worked on.

In addition to cooking up food and computer code, I also enjoy:

  • my lovely wife is an actress and playwright
  •  I got a BA in Graphic Communications
  •  I’v been playing since 1992, and I need to do it more!
  • Disc Golf, Mountain Biking, Hiking, Cat Petting

BruteProtect + Jetpack

I'm thrilled to report that, at the end of August 2014, Automattic acquired BruteProtect, a WordPress plugin that I'd been working on for the past 2 years or so. As part of the aquisition, founder Sam Hotchkiss, and the rest of the team were welcomed into the company behind WordPress! We will join the Jetpack team to integrate our brute force protection and help out with some other big changes. I'm so excited.

Listening to: My starred playlist on Spotify




Jetpack is a WordPress plugin that supercharges your self-hosted website with the best features from I started with this lovely team in August 2014 to help integrate some brute force protection and build some cool new features.

<span> paintings

These bizarre paintings are from the mind of Chris Sullivan, an artist who works in Portland, Maine. Blending HTML code and art was pretty time consuming for Chris. I made his life a bit easier by building an online tool that auto-generates the HTML.


BruteProtect is a WordPress plugin that offers protection against brute force attacks. I signed on as a contributor to this plugin in May 2013. In the spring of 2014, we launched a premium version of the plugin, which can be found at In August 2014, we were acquired by Automattic, the company behind WordPress.


Valuate is an art project by Chris Sullivan, an artist who works in Portland, Maine. The project has an online presence, which allows the public at large to collaborate. We are currently looking for a gallery to show Valuate.

Flight of Phrase

Flight of Phrase is my first jQuery plugin published on June 16, 2013. Use the links below to learn more. Approximate download count: 682.



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Cynde’s Peanut Butter Blossums

Makes 30 cookies

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My mum has made this family favorite for years. It is a classic Christmas cookie, and really easy to make. Megan and I made them for the first time on Christmas 2013 for Gramma Martin. Serve with milk.



  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup of creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup of butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 and 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 30 Hershey kisses
  • 1/2 teaspoon of kosher salt + 1 tablespoon  white sugar

1. Make the batter. Preheat your oven to 375.  For best results use butter that is softened to room temperature. In a large bowl, combine the butter, peanut butter, egg, brown and white sugar. Mix well using a mixer on medium speed until nice and smooth. Slowly stir in the flour, baking soda, and baking powder.

2. Roll the balls. In a small bowl, mix the kosher salt with the white sugar. Using your hands, shape the dough into 1 inch balls. Gently roll each bowl in the salted sugar and arrange them about 1 inch apart on a large, ungreased cookie sheet. You may have to bake in batches depending on the size of your pan. My pan can fit all 30 balls.

3. Bake and kiss. Bake for about 8 to 10 minutes. While the cookies bake, unwrap your kisses. Remove the cookies from the oven and press a kiss into the center of each. Move the cookies to a cooling rack, or a cool plate. Make sure to eat at least one cookie with some milk while it is still warm.