I mentioned my Massive Tool to one of my friends recently, and she had no idea what I was talking about. I found that odd, because I thought I talked about my Massive Tool all the time… but then I realized that I haven't really said much about it here in my LJ since I made the
My Massive Tool is something that I've been playing with for some time now. (Look, I'm sorry, but with a name like that the innuendoes are inevitable!) It's a program I've written, and periodically update, which runs under Microsoft Windows; a bizarre Text/HTML editor on steroids with built-in LiveJournal client functions (and limited applicability for LJ-compatible sites as well). I write almost all of my LiveJournal posts in the Massive Tool, and it generates the various HTML effects I like to employ but am too lazy to type in manually… things like the customized LJ user tags I use, for instance:
I've made several hundred of those little replacement user icons (and am continually making more). They can be seen on the Massive Tool Reference Pages; a site which will also generate custom user tag HTML for you without requiring you to download an executable (and will work with any browser/OS, not just Windows). The custom user tag HTML generated there can be used for LiveJournal, DeadJournal, GreatestJournal, and InsaneJournal users and communities. And, if you want a user icon for a specific character and it doesn't already exist, I do take requests … or you can use my Icon Maker site to create your own!
So there you go. Want to make your own sparkly LJ user tags? Now you know how.