Downloading Minecraft Videos

I watch a lot of Minecraft videos on YouTube. I really enjoy watching people show off their creative building skills and all the “Let’s Play” series to see new maps and mods. One of my favorite Minecraft Youtubers is DanTDM.


I have a trick to share with you. If you want to watch videos but don’t know if you’ll be connected, like when you’re traveling, get Videoder! It is a super-simple application for downloading YouTube videos for offline viewing.

  1. Videoder (Android version)
  2. Videoder (Mac version)
  3. Videoder (Windows version)



My Favorite Minecraft Skins

I already shared with you some of my favorite Minecraft Maps. Now I will share my favorite Minecraft skins.

What’s a skin? In case you don’t know, you can completely change the way you look in Minecraft with skins. You don’t have to keep the default look of Steve if you don’t want to.

Let’s start with the two default skins, Steve and Alex.


These are what the skin files look like. They are just .png files in a special layout and there are a lot of online and downloadable Minecraft skin editors you can use to change them.

The Steve Skin



The Alex Skin


Yeah, they look better in the game, right?

Oh and here is lego Alex. I’m just including this here because it looks cool.


OK, so where to find better Minecraft skins? Start with the Skindex!

The Skindex (

There are some other places to find and preview Minecraft skins. Try these:

And my favorite skins? It’s hard to choose, but here’s a great one from NameMC.



It’s a blue robot! His name is i6G. Say hello, i6G!



My Favorite Minecraft Maps

My favorite thing to do in Minecraft is to explore user-created maps. I used to just play solo mode with the computer-generated maps from the game, but it’s so much more fun to download a map that someone else has taken the time to create.

There are lots of places to find great maps. One of the best is (easy name to remember, right?) Another is this list of the best Minecraft Maps.

Some of the best maps on that list are:

  • Super Mansion [Redstone]
  • Skyblock PE [Survival]
  • Wrath of the Fallen [Adventure]

Super Mansion is a fun and quirky map featuring a mansion with lots of cool Redstone-powered contraptions and machinery. It’s great for exploring or for getting inspiration for cool things you can do with your own maps.

Skyblock PE is a survival map built for players of the Minecraft Pocket Edition. It starts small but once you open the little chest and look inside, things get bigger quickly.


Wrath of the Fallen is a sprawling Minecraft Adventure map from Hypixel.

John James Audubon

Did you know that today (April 26) is the birthday of the famous artist and naturalist John James Audubon? Yep, it’s true. He was born on this day in 1785. I didn’t even know he was born in the 1700s.

Audubon was born in Haiti and then lived in France, but was sent to America by his father to avoid being conscripted into Napoleon’s army. When he was 35 years old, he set out on an adventure across America to document all of the birds he could find.

This led to the publication of his book, Birds of America. Now the Audubon society bears his name and continues his work of naturalism.

Here are three paintings of birds done in watercolor. Feel free to screenshot them or save them and use them as wallpapers or whatever.


Moving On

You probably already know that Club Penguin shut down and is no more. Disney replaced it with a mobile-only game called Club Penguin Island, but it isn’t the same game and there’s no Desktop/Web version.

I haven’t really played the game in years anyway so I took some time to update my site theme and name to something more generic. So now it’s just called Palace of Pansolis, and here I’ll just write about other games or whatever random stuff I feel like talking about.

Watched the Godfather

Just watched the Godfather for the first time. Can’t believe it has taken me this long to watch this classic movie from 1972. I think everyone else in the world has already seen it.

Great movie. Most people agree. I don’t think Shawshank should really be rated higher, but what are you going to do?

Had trouble watching it at first because my friend Tom gave it to me on a USB drive in WMV format. I mean seriously, who uses WMV anymore? I watched the WMV on my Mac using VLC and then popcorn in hand, started watching.

Afterwards, I checked out this article from Mental Floss on 15 Things You Didn’t Know about the Godfather. Pretty crazy that Paramount didn’t want Marlon Brando in the title role. I can’t imagine anyone else pulling it off.

So what do you think about the Godfather? Should I watch parts II and III? Yeah, I guess.