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: 675.



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Faux Pho

Makes 2 bowls of soup

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This is a cheap, easy way to cheat the fates and eat some pho, even though your budget won’t allow it. Pho (pronounced fuh) is a Vietnamese soup typically made with toasted spices, rice noodles, and thinly sliced beef. My low budget version uses ramen and skips the beef. Serve it wit Sriracha.



  • 1 tablespoon of salted butter
  • 1 finger sized ginger root
  • 1 bunch of scallions
  • 1 small bunch of fresh cilantro
  • 2 packets of beef flavored ramen
  • 4 cups of water
  • 1 lime
  • 2 tablespoons of soy sauce

1. Prepare the veggies. Preheat a large pot to medium heat. Finely chop the scallions, and separate the white bottoms from the green tops. You'll be using both. Roughly chop the the cilantro. Peel and grate the ginger. Cut the lime into quarters.

2. Add the butter to the pan. Once it's melted, add the white scallions, the grated ginger, and the flavor packets from the ramen. Cook for about two minutes. Squeeze in two quarters of the lime and add the water. Bring to a boil, and the noodles. Cook for 2 - 3 minutes until the noodles are done.

3. Divide the soup into two bowls. Stir in 1 tablespoon of soy sauce into each bowl. Squeeze the remaining lime quarters into each bowl. Top each bowl with half of the green scallions. Serve and enjoy. That was quick!