I know you want to help but if you read my post and inspected the picture, you should conclude that the OP failed to power the LCD. Unless OP powers the LCD, there is no need for more discussion.
LIghten up a bit, it is supposed to be fun.
I thought the tutorial video was actually pretty informative.
If you look at the tutorial it goes really slow.
Step 1 does not use pins 1 or 2 (controller power and ground).
It only hooks up the back light.
The first step is even called: "Power and backlight"
The only danger with the tutorial on ladyada's site is that it assumes
that the lcd does not need a current limiting resistor as it is geared
towards the lcd she sells.
Yep, the wiper is hooked up, in preparation for the next step:
"Contrast circuit", be we are still on the first step of getting the backlight
that last resistor color pattern maybe it is really
orange, gray (not silver), orange, brown, gold.
That would make it 3830 ohms which is still too high for current limiting resistor.
Best thing to do if you are stuck and don't have an ohm meter to check
for a current limit resistor on the lcd and really want to start playing with the lcd "now",
is to simply disconnect the backlight and then
proceed without it. With the type of display you have you will be able to see
the pixels without a backlight.
You can then come back later and deal with the backlight.