have been looking into ways to easily run MATLAB code in python. I tried out OMPC, but it was to alpha (and beyond my level to be able to help out)

Raj mentioned Octave last weekend. Thanks Raj! Not sure why I never thought to look for an open source version of Matlab. Hopefully it will help out in seeing what available code does when working to port it.

http://www.gnu.org/software/octave/
Octave
http://www.gnu.org/software/octave/FAQ.html#MATLAB-compatibility
Frequently asked questions about Octave (with answers)