This photo in the tutorial http://learn.adafruit.com/assets/3962
shows the cable attached to the T-cobbler
and this photo http://learn.adafruit.com/assets/615
shows the cable attached to the pi (and the old style
cobbler). In the tutorial the photos show up quite small and I didn't notice the red line, but relied on hooking the
cables in the orientation shown, i.e. the cables leading straight out from the top of the T and straight out from the pins
on the pi. It would be clearer if the first photo had the cable connected so it had to fold over the connector to lead
away from the top of the T. Additionally a photo of the T-cobbler connected correctly to the pi would help too.
BTW, the LED strip was not damaged, and hooking it up as in my second photo works fine. Luckily I had a 2nd pi. I can't see
any obvious signs of damage on the first pi which is now dead, but by plugging it in the wrong way, I put +5v on to a ground
pin and GRD to GPIO 9 (MISO) and it produced a nasty burning smell as it died.