A quick update on the Fly Gabe Newell story, where amateur L4D campaign maker Joe W-A is trying to raise the money to fly Gabe Newell and Erik Johnson to Brisbane, Australia, so they will call off their boycott of his mod. (Read the original story to make sense of this.) He needed to make roughly $2400 to achieve this. Rather incredibly he's just broken the $3000 barrier. Gabe, you're going to Oz.
Joystiq spoke to someone at Valve who suggests that Gabe will honour his agreement.
However, it seems that's no reason to stop giving money to Joe's cause. Joe has committed that all excess money (so long as the donator agrees to it) will go to Penny Arcade's Child's Play charity. Child's Play raises money for providing toys and games for kids in hospitals around the world. It's a good place for your money to end up. Of course, if you're concerned about the ambiguity of giving the money this way, you could always just give some money to Child's Play directly.
If we were a multi-million dollar company who could afford a billion plane flights, we'd certainly make sure most of the money raised went in that direction and still go on the trip.