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Minecraft now supports simple texture swapping

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Zelda fans, Mario fans, fans of seasons and creepers and Nintendo Game Boy graphics rejoice: Minecraft now supports simple texture swapping. Markus Persson, the game’s creator, announced new features on his blog on Tuesday. And today, the ability to re-skin the game is available to everyone who updates. (Whoa, Bonus: Hitting F4 spawns a portal.)

Previously, the process of changing the look of Minecraft involved downloading textures, uncompressing files, and moving them into adjacent folders. But now it couldn’t be simpler (or kinda the same): Snag the update, grab a texture pack (in .zip form), drop it into the newly-created “texturepacks” folder, hit that fancy new “Mods and Texture Packs” button on the start screen, load the texture packs from the folder, and choose your pack. (Note: You’ll have to make sure all the main folders and .pngs are on the root level of the texture pack, not in any folder. Just zip up the contents. It should look like this before you select it all and zip it up.)

In response to Persson’s update, Handshake has compiled a list of our 5 favorite textures and provided links so you can immediately begin re-discovering Minecraft.

Check them out below:

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Abandoned Six Flags New Orleans

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Whether it’s the haunting lack of people or the superb Godspeed You! Black Emperor music I don’t know, but this video is the stuff nightmares are made of.

Redditor aroundlsu, who posted this video, says he was given permission to shoot the theme park while working on the feature film The Courier. He says the park was closed in preparation for Hurricane Katrina and never re-opened. The slow-tracking shots and the now-faded bright colors make you feel as though zombies are surely around the next corner and the filmmaker himself admits he felt the same way while shooting.

The comments section of the Reddit post have turned into an impromptu AMA. The bad news: Looks like the city is going to tear the whole structure down come January. There goes our chance for a zombie survival camp.

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Mad Men theme done solely on bass

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Last month RJD2’s instrumental Mad Men theme was blended with Nat King Cole’s “Nature Boy,” but this week it’s Adam Ben Ezra who is showing his skills remaking the song. Near the beginning of this all bass cover, one might think Ben Ezra is taking himself a little too seriously, but at 0:30 it’s clear he’s just having fun. His cover of “Billy Jean” is just as jazzy and catchy as this and over on his website there’s a small collection of tunes perfect for lounging and sipping whisky smashes.

As far as RJD2’s goes, if all you know of him is the short sample of his work Mad Men uses, you are doing yourself a grave travesty. His 2002 album Deadringer was one of the best of that year, and every album since then has been nearly as good.

Listen to some RJD2.

Catch him live.

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The Warrior’s Way trailer

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Why is this movie not called Cowboys vs. Ninjas? Truth in advertising, Hollywood. Truth in advertising.

That is all.

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Inception-style Serenity trailer

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Proving that Hans Zimmer’s über-intense Inception score makes everything more awesome, Youtube user Mechanical Biscuit’s Serenity trailer makes one think the film might have been a better commercial success if it had been marketed as the brain-bender it really is.

Based on Joss Whedon’s short-lived show Firefly, 2005’s Serenity tells the origin story of the Reavers, a group of subhuman monsters. The film has achieved cult status today among both Whedon fans and film-lovers. Both the show and the film are required viewing for all hardcore science fiction fans.

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Man travels through time, hangs out with 60-year-old self

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This video is 2 years old, and we still haven’t had a follow-up on whether or not Håkan Nordkvist has a working time portal under his sink. Look at the grainy cellphone video &emdash; how much more proof do people want? Because if I traveled through time and met myself from the future I wouldn’t ask any questions that could help me. I’d just play a game of catch, shoot some video, and then crawl back through my time portal. Which is under the sink. In my kitchen.

Is it a hoax? Of course it is. But it’s a pretty decent hoax at that. Turns out it’s viral marketing advertisement for a Swedish pension firm. The most interesting thing about the hoax is that this Super Mario-themed, plumbing-based time travel scenario was take fairly seriously on the intertubes. There’s another video that explains the whole situation over at Metacafe.

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Lego Sub-Zero finishes Johnny Cage, and the coining of a new word

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There should be a word for when someone puts together two objects from your childhood in a way that makes you look fondly back at both, or even takes something from our nostalgic collective conscious and blends it with something new. Hollywood re-makes of Saturday morning cartoons, 8-bit rock, and the re-telling of iconic moments through LEGO form are only a few examples.

And because I think there should be a word, I’ve invented one: Mashtalgia.
If you can think of a better word, let me hear it in the comments.

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Pogo remixes Dexter

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As if Showtime’s Dexter wasn’t creepy enough, Australian musician Pogo (Nick Bertke) has sliced and mashed the sounds of the first 4 seasons of Dexter into this haunting, yet catchy song.

Pogo, whose remixes of Disney’s Alice in Wonderland and Pixar’s Up have garnered huge views on the web, is a digital artist who makes his music by creating songs using the sounds from iconic films and shows as source material. The 21-year-old Perth musician is currently on tour in the U.S.

A number of Pogo’s songs are available for download from his last.fm account.

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Fallon & Timberlake Rap Medley

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I knew Justin Timberlake was funny. But now it’s clear that Jimmy Fallon is musically talented. And the two combined are just flawless in this clip from Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.

Reddit user BrndyAlxnder put together this list of the songs, for anyone interested:

  • Sugarhill Gang – Rapper’s delight
  • Run DMC – Peter Piper
  • Beastie Boys – Paul Revere
  • A Tribe Called Quest – Award Tour
  • Digital Underground – The Humpty Dance
  • Dr. Dre feat. Snoop Doggy Dogg – Nuthin’ But A G Thang
  • Tupac Shakur – California love
  • The Notorious B.I.G. – Juicy
  • The Roots – The seed 2.0
  • Eminem – The real Slim Shady
  • Missy Elliot – Work it
  • Soulja Boy – Crank dat
  • T.I. Feat. Rihanna – live your life
  • Kanye West – Goldigger
  • Jay-z Feat. Alicia Keys – Empire state of mind
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Wednesday Webgame: Asteroids

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Forget spaceships, aliens, nazis, and alien nazi spaceships, today you have been tasked with destroying the most powerful being in all of the Universe: the Internet. Redditor erikperik has hacked together a bookmarklet that allows you to commandeer Asteroids’ isosceles steed and unleash pixel-hell in your browser. Find a site. Launch the bookmarklet. Steer with the arrows keys. And destroy with the spacebar.

This simple javascript game finally allows you to let Berners-Lee know what you think of his quaint HTML: All your block-inline elements belong to us. Destroy your competitor’s site. Destroy Handshake. Destroy your Facebook. Today, you are the greatest Luddite man has ever seen.

Download the bookmarklet from Github to play.

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