Today I switched to a server based in the United States. Notice the latency in the below pic. It's about 3x faster (at my location). This is good news for people based in the US and Canada, but not so much for people in the Netherlands or on the other side of the world.

On another note, I've been working on some important bug fixes as well as mining experience! You can now level your mining by breaking blocks, which now have more than 1 HP each. You will have to hit blocks several times to break them. The higher your mining level, the easier it is to break blocks (you'll see a pretty noticeable increase in your block damage).