This fellow here: http://css-tricks.com/snippets/jquer...ing-slideshow/ has created a really easy-looking tutorial for how to make a simple slideshow that seems to be exactly what I want.
CONDENSED TL;DR VERSION:
- Copy/Pasted guy's html/css/jquery slideshow
- tried external style/script files, as well as inline code
- tried multiple browsers
- i'm only working off my local directory
- i'm running Mac OS 10.7.5