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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Tropical Scallops with Couscous

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This one comes from Bob Blumer’s Surreal Gourmet. The mixture of fresh fruits may seem out of place in a savory dish, but I promise you are going to love this one.



  • 8 large scallops
  • 3 limes
  • 2 tablespoons of butter
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1/2 mango
  • 2/3 cup of coconut milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
  • 3 tablespoons of shredded coconut
  • Small bunch of scallions
  • Small bunch of fresh cilantro
  1. Quarter the three limes and juice two of them into a small bowl. Set the third aside. Remove the tough tendons from the sides of the scallops. Add the scallops to the bowl of lime juice. Let them marinate for at least 10 minutes.
  2. Slice the bananas in quarter inch medallions. Peel and pit the mango. Slice the mango into half inch dice. Finally chop the cilantro and thinly slice the scallions
  3. Preheat a large frying pan to just below high. Place the chicken stock in a small pot and set to high. This is for the couscous. When the stock boils, add the couscous, remove from heat, cover, and set aside.
  4. Add the olive oil to the frying pan and fry the scallops to two minutes per side. Remove from the pan and set aside.
  5. Reduce heat to medium. Add the bananas, mangos, scallions, the coconut, and butter to the pan. Sautee fro three minutes.
  6. Add the coconut milk, and cayenne. Squeeze the remaining lime into the pan. Reduce heat to medium low and simmer for a few minutes while the sauce thickens.
  7. Add the scallops back to the pan along with the cilantro. Let simmer for two minutes. Seve over a bed of couscous. Garnish with extra cilantro and coconut flakes.