The eve of Clojure Conj 2011 is upon us, so I feel compelled get off my butt and finally close the loop on this one.
Per usual, you, the Clojure community, have come through. Ambrose Bonnaire-Sergeant will be attending the Conj and giving an introductory talk on logic programming, only made possible after $3,000 was raised through donations solicited via this blog and various pestering on Twitter, IRC, and the Clojure mailing list.
(As was mentioned from the start, the Conj organizers do provide a travel stipend, even a generous one for international speakers, but the costs of getting to North Carolina from Western Australia are far beyond that budget. Thus the need for a fundraiser.)
Finally, I will soon be notifying the winners of the free copies of Clojure Programming from O'Reilly (signed by myself and hopefully my coauthors as well, Brian Carper and Christophe Grand) privately by email. Your extraordinary generosity is a big part of how this effort was able to succeed.
To those that donated, thank you very, very much. Your assistance is not taken for granted: