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This is Ian Ozsvald's blog, I'm an entrepreneurial geek, a Data Science/ML/NLP/AI consultant, founder of the Annotate.io social media mining API, author of O'Reilly's High Performance Python book, co-organiser of PyDataLondon, co-founder of the SocialTies App, author of the A.I.Cookbook, author of The Screencasting Handbook, a Pythonista, co-founder of ShowMeDo and FivePoundApps and also a Londoner. Here's a little more about me.

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22 August 2010 - 0:20Weekly python tips (WeeklyPyTips) mailing list

Update – the weekly Python tips list is suspended for now. I’ve ended up way to busy on other projects, I don’t have the 5+ hours to write and publish each tip at present. The list is on hold, it may be reactivated later.

I’ve just written the first few weeks worth of Python Tips for my new list: weeklypytips AT aweber.com or use the form below.

The list is aimed at beginner and intermediate Pythonistas, if you join then each week you’ll receive a Python tip (probably 3-6 paragraphs with source code). I originally announced it in the Python Tutor list.

The first batch of tips cover:

  • Downloading files from the Internet in just 2 lines
  • Scraping web sites
  • IPython introduction
  • Iteration
  • Controlling hardware (including serial ports, cameras and robots)

I have a long list of topics to cover, if the feedback is positive then I’ll keep adding the tips. To join the list just mail the email address above (the email can be empty), you’ll be asked to confirm your subscription, after that you’ll get one tip per week.

To make it really easy just use the form below: REMOVED


Ian applies Data Science as an AI/Data Scientist for companies in ModelInsight and Mor Consulting, founded the image and text annotation API Annotate.io, co-authored SocialTies, programs Python, authored The Screencasting Handbook, lives in London and is a consumer of fine coffees.

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5 August 2010 - 23:08Selling ProCasts

Having built ProCasts during 2009 (from ‘just me’ to a fab team of four) and then letting it sit quietly for the first half of this year I’m now selling the site as a lead-generation opportunity for a lucky fellow screencaster.

The site continues to generate leads each week – this has lead to some odd conversations where I try to explain that I’m not taking on any work – even though the client might be rather desperate for a UK solution. After another odd conversation a week back I decided it was time to pass the site on.

The site is listed at flippa.com, the auction ends in 11 days. Via the message boards I’m having good conversations with existing screencasters and a few new entrants. It feels good to have built an asset that’ll help someone else win more business. Not only does the site generate leads but it also has solid traffic with a Page Rank of 6 and the business gets linked in forums by friendly third parties. Flippa.com has the full details, there’s also a short link on the ProCasts blog.

Personally I’ve returned to my long-term field of artificial intelligence research. The A.I. Cookbook is my new project site, I’m pushing out the ideas that I’ve sat on for years. Times continue to be interesting.


Ian applies Data Science as an AI/Data Scientist for companies in ModelInsight and Mor Consulting, founded the image and text annotation API Annotate.io, co-authored SocialTies, programs Python, authored The Screencasting Handbook, lives in London and is a consumer of fine coffees.

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