What do you think are the best basic themes to build your own theme from? I am not experienced enough to create one from scratch. I am also not interested in "frameworks" like Thematic / Hybrid / whatever, because I haven't been able to figure out all those custom hooks, and it seems way to convoluted and complicated in any case.
I've used Shape for one of my themes, and Starkers for another. Wondering if there's something better. Preferably very basic, not loaded with tons of extra functions and unneeded stuff, but standards compliant.
I've found out about Notes Blog Core recently, any thoughts on that?