Despite Jens vacation the rest of the Minecraft team has been hard at work fixing bugs and preparing Minecraft 1.2.4. Today via his twitter as well as on the official webpage the release of 1.2.4 was announced.
The patch is primarily a big fix patch but, Jens added a few new goodies as promised. In addition th bug fixes this patch includes:
Much better chat editing and controls (you can even mark text!)
Some new decoration blocks
Jens revealed some new details about the new additions in the upcoming Minecraft update.
Via twitter Jens revealed that the new block will be a sandstone hieroglyph block. The texture has been part of the game since Minecraft 1.2 but had not been used up until this point.
The specific recipe has not been released but Jens has revealed a few details about the block. The crafting of the new block will not involve the furnace and instead utilize the crafting table.
The new block will be available in both creative and survival mode.