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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The Best Rice and Beans

Serves 2 as a main course, or 4 as a side dish

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In 2013, Megan and I started adding some vegetarian meals to our diet. This is one of those dishes that makes the transition worthwhile. It is flavorful and satisfying. I use Swanson vegetable stock to cook the rice. Out of all the choices available in the grocery store, they have the best ingredients. Feel free to substitute your own homemade stock, or use water. The Adobo seasoning serves as the flavor foundation. It can be found in the Mexican section of your grocery store. I use the no-pepper variety.



  • 1 cup of brown rice
  • 2 1/4 cups of vegetable stock
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 red onion
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon of Adobo seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 15 oz  can of black beans
  • Bunch of fresh cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice (about half a lime)
  1. Bring the stock to a boil in small pot. Add the bay leaf and cook the rice according the packages' instructions.
  2. While the rice is cooking, prep your veggies. Dice the onion, mince the garlic, and finely chop the cilantro. Cut and juice the lime. Open the can of beans, strain the liquid and rinse them under cold water.
  3. Preheat a large pot over medium high heat. Add the olive oil and onion. Season with the cayenne pepper and 1 teaspoon of the Adobo. Cook for about 4 minutes.
  4. Add the cooked rice, garlic and another teaspoon of Adobo. Stir well and cook for a few minutes, allowing the rice to absorb the oil.
  5. Add the beans, lime juice, and the final teaspoon of Adobo. Cook until the beans are warmed through.
  6. Remove the pot from heat. Stir in the cilantro. Serve and enjoy.