btw, since you place the "play" & "stop" link at bottom...
yes you are absolutely right, am still working that out. thanks for the input!
i tried turning the slideshow loop off ("$loop = 0;" is this correct?) but then i get the "don't do that!" 404 after the first image. i am convinced the wraparound addon is the culprit, as the slideshow seems to be looping perfectly well over at namaste's site. is it one or the other, then? or would it be easy enough to somehow integrate the two?