After yesterday's "not so simple GOOG chart" adventure, I spent more time digging around the matplotlib website and discovered the matplotlib.finance module. Grabbing a python chart example code from the matplotlib site and applying the axis labeling lessons I learned from previous day, I was able to create this $INTC red/green candlestick chart.
Granted, I still don't understand all the code in the example, but its becoming less of a mystery to me. There are bits and pieces I understand and I'm able to tweak things. After all, it would be silly to reinvent the wheel all over again! Right?