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.

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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 Appetizers and Sides.

Simple Crostini with Thyme

Makes 4 to 8 slices

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What do you serve with a soup that you’ve slaved over for an hour? It’s got to be something simple. At this point, I’m hungry and I want to eat. Megan and I love to use our favorite rustic Italian bread to make a quick accompaniment for a soup.



  • One loaf of your favorite fresh bread
  • 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 sprigs of fresh thyme
  • Salt and pepper
  1. Preheat a large frying pan to medium.
  2. Slice the bread into four to eight 1 inch thick slices. De-stem the thyme.
  3. Add the olive oil to the heated pan, and season with salt. Sprinkle the thyme leaves into the pan.
  4. Lay the bread on the frying pan and cook until golden brown. (It should take a few minutes per side.) You may have to do two or three batches depending on the size of your frying pan. Serve with your favorite soup or salad.