Using WordPress Functions Outside of WordPress

I’m working on a project that requires the use of [Wordpress][word] functions (mainly creating users and such) outside of the WordPress installation. After some Google searches of varying specificity, I’ve found a method that appears to work for both WordPress and WordPress Mu. I’ve reproduced it here for my own purposes, as well as yours.

[word]: “WordPress” member oranfry [posted the following helpful bit of code][wporg], to be inserted in the top of the `wp-load.php`, right after the `