Nesta Boilerplate is simple to setup and comes with baked-in support for HTML Boilerplate, Compass (and Sass/Haml), Semantic GS, Capistrano, and jQuery.
First things first, learn about Nesta then get started like so:
$ git clone firstname.lastname@example.org:briangonzalez/nesta-boilerplate.git
$ cd nesta-boilerplate
$ shotgun config.ru
Then point your browser to http://127.0.0.1:9393/. And voila, you're rockin' some Nesta Boilerplate goodness.
By default, Capistrano is setup to deploy from your current directory, no need to setup a git repo if you don't want. I would, however, recommend creating one and modifying
config/deploy.rb to use git.
Also, you'll want to edit
Credit where credit's due
config/deploy.rb with all of your server-specific info.
Many tips 'n tricks were taken from Wynn Netherland's Nesta blog, this post by Scott Martin, and Adam Stac's Nesta Boostrap. And of course, thanks to Graham Ashton for creating Nesta CMS.