Testing the pelican-ipynb plugin

By Cavendish McKay, Tue 16 February 2016, in category Misc

Testing the pelican-ipynb plugin

I'm writing this in a Jupyter (formerly IPython) notebook, to test out the functionality of the pelican-ipython plugin, which allows notebooks to be used as input for the pelican static site generator.

I've been wanting to get into a regular habit of blogging, and this format should allow me to incorporate all of the pieces I think I might need.

As an example, let me inlcude some python. I've been experimenting with generating op-art using matplotlib.

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import numpy as np
import matplotlib as mpl

%matplotlib inline

First, a circle that has gradients from one color to another. This can be used to make circles with fuzzy edges.

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def circle_gradient(rad1, rad2, color1, color2, nsteps, center=(0,0)):
    circles = []
    radii = np.linspace(rad1, rad2, nsteps)
    c1vec = np.array(color1)
    c2vec = np.array(color2)
    cdirection = c2vec - c1vec
    for i, radius in enumerate(radii):
        circ = mpl.patches.Circle(center, radius=radius)
        color = tuple(c1vec+cdirection*float(i)/float(nsteps))
        if rad1 < rad2:
    return circles

Now, let's make a grid of them.

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def circle_grid(colors, ncircs=10, bgcol=4, oddouter=1, oddinner=2, evenouter=3, eveninner=5, ngrad=25, annulus=0.0):
    fig, ax = mpl.pyplot.subplots()
    ax.set_xlim((-10.0, 10.0))
    ax.set_ylim((-10.0, 10.0))
    circs = []

    #background color
    background = mpl.patches.Rectangle((-10,-10), 20, 20)

    circfrac = 10.0/ncircs
    gridpoints = np.linspace(-(10-circfrac),10-circfrac,ncircs)

    outer = 0.95*circfrac
    mid = 0.65*circfrac
    inmid = mid - annulus*circfrac
    inner = 0.0*circfrac

    for i,x in enumerate(gridpoints):
        for j,y in enumerate(gridpoints):
            if bool(i%2) ^ bool(j%2):
                circs.extend(circle_gradient(outer, mid, colors[bgcol], colors[oddouter], ngrad, center=(x,y)))
                circs.extend(circle_gradient(inmid, inner, colors[oddouter], colors[oddinner], ngrad, center=(x,y)))
                circs.extend(circle_gradient(outer, mid, colors[bgcol], colors[evenouter], ngrad, center=(x,y)))
                circs.extend(circle_gradient(inmid, inner, colors[evenouter], colors[eveninner], ngrad, center=(x,y)))

    for circ in circs:

We'll make use of a color palette from colourlovers

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solar_flare = [(12/255.0, 2/255.0, 16/255.0),
                (138/255.0, 7/255.0, 8/255.0),
                (222.0/255, 48.0/255, 15.0/255),
                (247.0/255, 119.0/255, 28.0/255),
                (247.0/255, 204.0/255, 50.0/255)]
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circle_grid(solar_flare, ncircs=4, bgcol=0, oddouter=1, oddinner=3, evenouter=2, eveninner=4)
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