Hyper is a simple HTTP server that does not require root to run. It's designed for web developers who need a fast, easy way to serve up a static website without a full-fledged web server (such as Apache or Lighttpd).
pip install https://github.com/harrislapiroff/Hyper/tarball/master
hyper localhost:8000 --directory=~/Sites/mysite/
Much inspiration drawn from http://users.musicbrainz.org/~matt/scripts/servehttp