i can't believe i have to put an exclamation mark in there! reminds me of seinfeld! i re-installed ubuntu 7.10 amd64 and installed the flash plugin with nspluginwrapper with no hitches this time. all my firefox plugins were hosed for some reason. it is unfortunate that i could only figure out how to fix them by re-installing. i just don't know my unix that well.
i also ran into an issue while beating my head on the flash issue: a bash script i wrote insisted that it didn't recognize certain system commands (e.g. find and ls) unless i provided a full path to the file. anyone got a hint for a noob?