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A few suggestions for those who visit Hair Fair, and other big, and often laggy, events. (Best viewed as list)

In addition to the pics above, and their text, I wanted to add a few more things for visitors of big events to consider.

Smaller is not better. Some of the worst offenders I've seen for high-prim, high-script CPU-demanding avatars have been children, and fully-primmed avis with special, scripted AOs are a rendering nightmare. Yes they are COOL. But what does it matter if no one can rez, or move close enough to see them?

I hear the groan from the fashionistas- "But I can't bear to be seen in public looking like some hairless, AO-less gimp in a weird one-color skin!"  I'm not suggesting you should. Quite the oposite, in fact!  I'm recommending that you carefully consider what is most important, and trim away all the rest. You don't have to be completely unscripted, and you don't have to have to play the martyr with an ARC of 1. Skin textures and system-layers cause little lag, and are fairly gentle to the rendering powers of others' computers. There is some lovely low-lag hair available, without scripts or flexis, and al those wonderful hairbases, too.  Hate twitching and chicken-walking? Wear a simple AO. I'm attached to my huddle, which only has an ARC of 16... but really, it's also a script monster, and not the best idea in a heavy-load area like hair fair. Pick up one of those freebie newb AOs, and replace one or two of the walks and stands. Script load will be low, and you can still walk sexy as hell. 

Fashionistas in particular should use fairs as an opportunity to show off their Avi-Savvy. How sexy can you be, with tight limits on your scripts and prims?  Find out!  Then go and strut your stuff, and be seen, and adored, and set an amazing example, as well.  

One last tip, for those with less rendering power who are victims of the inconsiderateness of others at big events-  De-render is a marvelous and powerful tool, if you happen to have a viewer that has the ability. Turn on ARCs, so you can see who's sporting numbers in the orange and red zones, cam to those people, and derender them.  You will see a dramatic improvement in your ability to move and rez things around you. My rule of thumb is, ARCs over 1000 are just plain excessive, and I didn't come to avi-oggle... I came to shop for hair.

 

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