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.



Happy to Help

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← Return to Italy.

Rotini with Tuna Cream Sauce

Serves 4

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I must thank David Rocco for inadvertently helping me convince my wife that canned tuna can be delicious. Once we learned this recipe, we ate it once-a-week for two months straight. To be honest, I haven’t changed David Rocco’s recipe very much – I’ve amped up the garlic and turned down the olives to suit my tastes.



  • 1 pound rotini pasta
  • 8 black olives
  • 8 sun-dried tomatoes
  • 4 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 2 cups of tomato puree
  • 1 can of tuna in olive oil
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 bunch of Italian parsley
  • Salt and pepper
  1. Preheat a large frying pan on medium heat. Preheat a large pot of salted water on high for the pasta. Finely chop the olives, garlic, and sun-dried tomatoes. Remove the stems from the parsley and finely chop the leaves. Open the cans of tomato puree and tuna, and let them breath.
  2. When the water is boiling, add the pasta and cook to al dente according the package's instructions. Stir often.
  3. Add the olive oil to the frying pan and saute the olives, sun-dried tomatoes, and garlic for a few minutes.
  4. Raise the heat slightly on the frying pan and add the tomato puree. Simmer for five minutes.
  5. Strain the pasta.
  6. Reduce the heat on the frying pan to medium low. Add the tuna and cream, and heat for a few minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Combine the sauce and pasta in a large serving bowl. Stir in the chopped parsley. Serve and enjoy.