After debating it for quite some time I have decided it was time to use a framework in conjunction with my themes. I decided to use the Genesis framework based on its rock solid support, great child themes (if I ever decided to go that route, I doubt it but it is nice to have options.), amazing SEO built right on top of it, and much more.
So this will be my playground with the framework until I recode my previous theme into a child genesis theme. The Quake Media website is already getting converted into a genesis child this moment!