Monday, July 28, 2014

iPython notebook: slides, blog posts - live / interactive too, if you want

Create slides easily with iPython notebook using markdown cells in your notebook, and generating the slides (reveal.js based):

The post in a Nikola-based static blog, with video and instructions is here:

The raw slide-show (should you want to see it full-screen) is here:

When looking at the slide-show, be sure to try some of the reveal.js directives (such as ESC to see an overview of the slides, or 's' for speaker notes, 'b' to darken the screen).  Also swipe and pinch should work in mobile safari.

With the development of collaboratory on Jupyter (the new iPython development direction, with notebooks shared on Google Drive), you will be able to have a live generated ipython slideshow also (see the SciPy-2014 video)

Friday, July 18, 2014

iPython Notbooks (colloborative real-time code sharing) on Google Drive

I heard about this a while ago:

Last week it saw the initial announcement, and downloaded what is working now (notebook on google docs, but ipython executor for the time being on your laptop - the "in Chrome Browser" instance wasn't working so well).   This should get a big step more interesting once they get the iPython-notebook engine executing on google app-engine (which is work in progress I believe).

You can read about, get this here:

Getting Educational account on Github - Easy as pi

I just went to to apply for a “private” repository status.

I had to add / verify my uchicago email to my existing github account (literally as fast as I could follow the link, and reply to the confirmation email).

Then I got a note saying “we’ll get back to you within a week” — and immediately got this email:

Begin forwarded message:
Subject: Powerup get!
Date: July 18, 2014 at 2:40:29 PM CDT

Hey yarko, we have awesome news...
We've upgraded you to a Micro plan, which will be free for the next two years. After that, you'll get an email saying that your coupon is expiring. You can reapply for another coupon if you still have academic status. We don't have any collaboration limits, so any group projects you may encounter can be hosted via your account. If you need help getting started with Git and GitHub, check out:
Also, spread the word: we love giving educational discounts to students, teachers, administrators, and researchers! Please send them to
Have an Octotastic day!
- The GitHub Education Team

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